Coal bed methane can be found almost anywhere there is coal. Considered a dangerous nuisance in the mining industry, it has potential as an abundant clean energy supply to help replace other diminishing hydrocarbon reserves. Mine safety, green house gas emissions (GHG) and air quality will continue to be concerns. But since the early 1980s, coal bed gas has increasingly been viewed as a valuable energy resource. Though its contribution to the total energy mix is still modest, coal bed methane (CBM) has impressive potential. It will supplement conventional natural gas supply, adding another environment-friendly component to the total energy mix.
Development of the coal bed methane will surely accelerate, as more is learned about the behavior and as innovative techniques were applied. On the demand side, coal bed methane will be welcome in the market. The worlds appetite for gas is expected to grow faster than total energy demand, driven in part by a preference for gas instead of oil or coal. CBM reservoirs are different from conventional reservoirs in a number of ways, but the primary differences are water production and gas-storage mechanism.
Hydrocarbon-storage capacity in most oil and gas reservoirs is related to porosity because gas is trapped and stored in the pore systems of the matrix. Coals have moderate intrinsic porosity, yet they can store up to six times more gas than an equivalent volume of sandstone at a similar pressure. Gas-storage capacity is determined primarily by a coals rank. Higher rank coals bituminous and anthracite have the greatest potential for methane storage. However high-gas storage capacity is not required for successful commercial operations.
Coalbed methane development has the full range of energy production challenges: technical, economic, environmental and regulatory. The solution to many of these lies in a better understanding of the reservoir and the effective application of available technology. There are several elements to the economic challenge. In the early stages of a project, large quantities of water must be pumped from the formation while little revenue-producing gas is being recovered. That makes an early, accurate assessment of the projects economic potential especially critical.
Pumps, while modest in size and power requirements compared with oil pumping equipment, must be capable of handling water, gas and abrasive coal fines. The largest proven recoverable coal reserves, according to the latest published data, are in the USA (28.6%), followed by Russia (18.5%), China (13.5%), Australia (9.0%) and India (6.7%). Shallow coal deposits in many areas, such as in the UK and in some other European nations, have been extensively mined, yet deep coal seams beyond the reach of mining operations present opportunities for development. Even with little minable coal remaining, the UK still ranks sixth worldwide in estimated CBM reserves.
This Report Offers:
Market Definition for the specified topic along with identification of key drivers and restraints for the market.
Market analysis for the North America coal bed methane Market, with region specific assessments and competition analysis on a country and regional scale.
Identification of factors instrumental in changing the market scenarios, rising prospective opportunities and identification of key companies which can influence the market on a global and regional scale.
Extensively researched competitive landscape section with profiles of major companies along with their share of markets.
Identification and analysis of the Macro and Micro factors that affect the North America coal bed methane market on both country and regional scale.
A comprehensive list of key market players along with the analysis of their current strategic interests and key financial information.
1.1 Report Guidance
1.2 Markets Covered
1.3 Key Points Noted
2. Executive Summary
2.1 Overview and Market Scenario
3. Coal Bed Methane Market Overview
3.1 Definition of CBM
3.2 Chemical Composition
3.3 Resource Classification
3.3.1 Total Gas-in-Place
3.3.2 Proved Resources
3.3.3 Contingent Resources
4. Market Dynamics
4.1.1 Increasing Energy Demand
4.1.2 Diminishing Oil and Gas Reserves
4.1.3 Increasing Natural Gas Pipeline Projects
4.2.1 Robust Technology Required for Extraction
4.2.2 Environmental Issues
4.2.3 Dewatering Concerns
4.3.1 Largely Unexplored Areas
5. North America Natural Gas Market Outlook
6. North America Unconventional Natural Gas Market Outlook
7. CBM Cost Analysis
7.1 Capital Costs
7.1.1 Land and Permit Costs
7.1.2 Well Drilling & Compeition Costs
7.1.3 Infrastructure Costs
7.1.4 Water Management Costs
7.1.5 Other Costs
8. CBM Value Chain Analysis
9. CBM Life Cycle Analysis
10. North America CBM Market Analysis, by Country
10.1 United States
11. North America CBM Market by Applications
11.2 Power Generation
12. North America CBM Market by Applications and by Country
12.1 United States
13. North America CBM Market by Fracturing Fluids
13.1 Water Requirement
13.2 Proppant Requiremnt
13.2.1 Types of Proppants
126.96.36.199 Resin-Coated Sand
188.8.131.52 Ceramic Proppants
13.2.2 Major Suppliers of Proppants
14. Company Profiles
14.1 Baker Hughes
14.2 BG Group PLC
14.3 BP PLC
14.4 Blue Energy Ltd.
14.5 Arrow Energy
14.7 China United Coal Bed Methane Co.
14.8 Halliburton Co.
14.9 Dart Energy Ltd.
14.10 Encana Corp.
14.11 Nexen Inc.
14.12 Santos Ltd.
15.1.1 Market Share of Key Companies, By Country
15.1.2 Market Share of Key Companies, by Equipment
16. Competitive Landscape
16.1 Deal Summary
16.1.2 Private Equity
16.1.3 Equity Offerings
16.1.4 Debt Offerings
16.1.6 Asset Transactions
16.2 Recent Developments
16.2.1 New Technology Inventions
16.2.2 New Contract Announcements
17.3 Market Definition
17.3.3 Secondary Research
17.3.4 Primary Research
17.3.5 Expert Panel Validation
17.4 Contact Us