What's new in production ///

One of the major trends noted in this month’s forecast is the transformation that development drilling for shale gas has had on the US industry. This process has not yet occurred in Canada, where most gas comes from conventional plays. But that will change in the future. The Alberta Research Council Inc. (ARC), a government-owned, not-for-profit corporation, has partnered with Schlumberger on a research initiative in unconventional gas resource recovery and technology development. According to Ian Potter, vice president of energy at ARC, the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin shales hold from 86 to 1,000 Tcf of gas. As conventional gas reservoirs decline, unconventional gas will be needed to meet market demand. ARC operates five facilities in Alberta serving the energy, life sciences and manufacturing sectors. The first research program will focus on improving gas production from immature shale reservoirs through rock characterization and non-damaging-fluids fracturing.

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