Skip to comments.U.S. Shale Gas Dominates Start of IHS CERAWeek
Posted on 03/06/2012 9:53:37 AM PST by thackney
The topic of shale gas development in the U.S. dominated conversation Monday as IHS CERAWeek kicked off its 31st annual executive conference with a pre-conference symposium.
The first session provided an overview of the National Petroleum Council's study the Prudent Development: Realizing the Potential of North Americas Abundant Natural Gas and Oil Resources." Members of the leadership team that developed the study identified how new oil and gas will alter the U.S. economic prosperity and environmental security. The report had four major findings:
- Potential of North Americas natural gas is much bigger than thought a few years ago
- Americas oil resources are much larger than previously found
- Well need these natural gas and oil resources even as efficiency produces energy commands and alternatives become more economically available on a larger scale
- Realizing these methods depends on environmentally responsible development
Panelists and members of the leadership team included Shell's Andrew Slaughter, Chesapeake's Paul Hagemeier, El Paso Corp.'s Fiji George, Envrionmental Defense Fund's Mark Brownstein and Anadarko Petroleum's A. Scott Moore.
The study shows that the actual supply [of natural gas] is tremendous, not only from the world class basins we have today but also from new oil resources throughout the continent and again, this has the potential of significantly increasing the proportion of North American oil demand, said Slaughter, Business Environment Advisor - Upstream Americas for Shell.
Brownstein, the deputy director of the Environmental Defense Fund's Energy Program, added that the country is facing a change in the storyline, which was unimaginable a few years ago. Brownstein stressed the challenges of developing new resources when he said, "we are going to learn new things so we need to engage communities and work to get better information."
Industry to Take Cues from U.S. Shale Gas Advisory Board Members from the U.S. Secretary of Energys Shale Gas Advisory Board discussed the steps to be taken in improving the industrys image with hydraulic fracturing.
We could have over 100,000 wells operating from shale gas production in this country over the next 10 or 15 years, said MIT Professor John Deutch.
Mark Zoback, a geophysics professor at Stanford University, urged the industry to become proactive in dealing with the public. It is in the industrys best-interest to get fracking information out to the public, he said.
Zoback listed five simple steps to prevent earthquakes when fracking, the publics most recent environmental concern associated with the technique:
- avoid injection into active faults
- reduce pressure changes at depth
- if cause for concern, install localized seismic network work out with regulators' protocols
- take action reduce injection rates, deduce injection rates or be prepared to abandon the well
Schlumbergers President of Reservoir Production Group Patrick Schorn discussed some of the benefits of improved technology and work flow, which would essentially place less strain on current resources.
- start creating a different type of productivity inside fracturing
- trying to do more with less in fracturing
- be able to better characterize reservoir and only fracture what is needed
Both Schorn and Zoback agreed that Human Resources is a critical element to the future of the industry.
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The conference says that the amount of oil and gas resources is far greater than previously believed. I knew it was so with natural gas, but the increase in recoverable oil hasn’t gotten as much press. Any information on the current projection in recoverable oil reserves, how much of an increase it represents, and any projections on how much the progression of technology will increase the recoverable reserves in the future?
I will look around and post back to you. I remember some articles discussing it in generalities, but usually on a region rather than overall US.
What has happened is the technology advances of combining steerable horizontal drilling with hydraulic fracturing has opened up more Oil for production, just as it first did with Natural Gas.
Most of what I am finding, look like this example:
In 1995, Peterson and Schmoker (1995), using a play concept, estimated total mean undiscovered resources of 344 MMBO (176 MMBO without Bakken Formation) and 596 BCFG. In 2006, for the assessment discussed in this report using the total petroleum system concept, a mean resource of 3,844 MMBO (197 MMBO without the Bakken) and 3,705 BCFG (1,858 BCFG without the Bakken) was calculated for the 18 assessment units in 10 TPSs. Considering differences in methodology, the 2009 estimates reflect a large increase in oil resource estimates, the difference being the assessed value for the Bakken-Lodgepole TPS
There are other examples, but I haven’t found anything recent on overall reserve counts for the US.
Wow. Those numbers are a huge increase. I found it interersting that the Bakken numbers didn’t increase. Can I assume that either the techniques used in tbe Bakken formation have been applied to find entirely new formations?
Read that again. Almost all the increase IS in the Bakken.
344 MMBO (176 MMBO without Bakken Formation)
3,844 MMBO (197 MMBO without the Bakken)
The Bakken increased from 168 to 3,647 million barrels.