AMOCO PLANS TEST OF NITROGEN INJECTION FOR COALBED METHANE

Amoco Production Co. hopes by late November to begin a 2 year nitrogen enhanced, coalbed methane recovery pilot in the San Juan basin. Amoco wants to quantify methane recovery gains achieved by injecting nitrogen gas into methane bearing coal seams. The company plans to inject 1 MMcfd of nitrogen for 1 year into a 20 ft interval of Cretaceous Fruitland coal on a lease in LaPlata County, Colo., 9 miles southeast of Durango. It expects to spend about $2 million on the 2 year project.

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