Coalbed Methane

Coalbed Methane (CBM) ImageCoalbed methane, or CBM, is a natural gas produced from coal seams or adjacent sandstones. In 1994, US coalbed methane reserves were 9.38 tcf, which was less than 6% of the domestic natural gas reserves. Production in 1994 was 777 bcf, or 4% of the natural gas production of the lower 48 states. Commercial production occurs in approximately 10 US basins. The major producing areas are the San Juan, Black Warrior, and Central Appalachian basins. CBM plays are now international with tests or pilot projects in about 15 countries. Coalbed methane is produced in Queensland, Australia, and the UK, and pilot projects are underway in China and India. Independent operators are the most active CBM exploration companies in the US. Internationally, both majors and independents are actively seeking to expand the industry.

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WATCHING GOVERNMENT: ‘Broader view’ steers IFC aid

Sep 17, 2007 When the International Finance Corp. financed its first coalbed methane project in China in late August, the venture involved much more than simply producing CBM instead of coal.

IFC to invest in Chinese coalbed methane project

Sep 3, 2007 World Bank division International Finance Corp. has agreed to invest $15 million to help a Houston overseas producer develop coalbed methane resources in China.

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Aug 13, 2007

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Aug 6, 2007

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Jul 23, 2007

COMPANY NEWS: Basell to buy Lyondell Chemical in $19 billion deal

Jul 23, 2007 Polyolefins manufacturer Basell Service Co. BV plans to buy Lyondell Chemical Co. of Houston for about $12 billion, plus the assumption of Lyondell’s $7 billion debt.

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Jun 25, 2007

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May 21, 2007

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Apr 9, 2007

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Feb 26, 2007

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Feb 26, 2007

Eastern France CBM well encouraging

Feb 19, 2007 European Gas Ltd., Perth, is drilling a second well after reporting “highly encouraging results” from its first coalbed methane stratigraphic well on the St. Avold portion of the Bleue Lorraine Permit in northeastern France.

SPECIAL REPORT: Water issues overshadow Powder River coal gas play

Jan 22, 2007 Wyoming’s Powder River basin coalbed methane development began its third decade in 2006 with vast gas potential and environmental challenges.

SPECIAL REPORT: Lower drilling growth seen in US, drop in Canada

Jan 15, 2007 Price uncertainty, especially for gas, overshadows the forecast for US and Canadian drilling in 2007.

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Sep 8, 2003 Roc Oil Co. Ltd., Sydney, said it hopes to begin exploration on the 267,000-acre South Cabinda onshore block within 12-18 months.
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