Case studies can be instructive in the evaluation of other coalbed methane (CBM) development opportunities. The San Juan basin, located in New Mexico and Colorado in the southwestern U.S. (Figure 1), is the most prolific CBM basin in the world. It produces more than 2.5 Bscf/D from coals of the Cretaceous Fruitland formation, which is estimated to contain 43 to 49 Tscf of CBM in place. In the 1970s, after years of encountering gas kicks in these coals, operators recognized that the coal seams themselves were capable of commercial gas rates. CBM development benefited greatly from drilling and log data compiled from previous wells targeting the deeper sandstones and an extensive pipeline infrastructure that was built to transport conventional gas. These components, along with a U.S. federal tax credit and the development of new technologies such as openhole-cavity completions, fueled a drilling boom that resulted in more than 3,000 producing CBM wells by the end of 1992. The thickest Fruitland coals occur in a northwest/southeast trending belt located in the northeastern third of the basin. Total coal thickness in this belt locally exceeds 100 ft and individual coal seams can be more than 30 ft thick. The coals originated in peat swamps located landward (southwest) of northwest/southeast trending shoreline sandstones of the underlying Pictured Cliffs formation. The location of the thickest coals (Figure 1) coincides with the occurrence of overpressuring, high gas content, high coal rank, and high permeabilities in the San Juan fairway ("fairway"). The overpressuring is artesian in origin and is caused by water recharge of the coals through outcrops along the northern margin of the basin. This generates high vertical pressure gradients, ranging from 0.44 to 0.63 psi/ft, which allow a large amount of gas to be sorbed to the coal. Coal gas in the San Juan basin can contain up to 9.4% CO2 and 13.5% C2 . Chemical analyses suggest that thermogenic gases have been augmented by migrated thermogenic and secondary biogenic gas sources, resulting in gas contents ranging up to 700 ft 3 /ton. Coal rank in the fairway ranges from medium- to low-volatile bituminous and roughly coincides with those portions of the basin that were most deeply buried. Southwest of the fairway, Fruitland coals are typically 20 to 40 ft thick and are considerably underpressured with vertical pressure gradients in some areas of less than 0.20 psi/ft. The low gradients are attributable to low permeabilities, low recharge rates along the southern rim of the basin, and hydraulic isolation from the fairway area.
An understanding of rock strength is important for designing recovery plans for a reservoir and for developing an appropriate reservoir simulation. A detailed discussion of rock failure can be found in Rock failure relationships and Compressive strength of rocks. But the data needed for these methods may not be readily available, so there is a desire to use data available from well logs that are available. Several techniques have been proposed for deriving rock strength from well log parameters. Coates and Denoo calculated stresses induced around a borehole and estimated failure from assumed linear envelopes with strength parameters derived from shear and compressional velocities.
The process of drilling and completing coalbed methane (CBM) wells is similar to wells in conventional reservoirs. Coring, however, can pose special challenges. The first step in creating a drilling program for a CBM well involves gathering information about existing wells in a given area. After these data are gathered and analyzed, a preliminary drilling and completion prognosis can be drafted with the input of field operations personnel. An important aspect in drilling frontier or appraisal wells is to keep the drilling procedures relatively simple.
Unlike conventional reservoirs, coal seams are the source, trap, and reservoir for coalbed methane (CBM). A comparison of the two reservoir types shows profound differences in reservoir properties, storage mechanisms, flow mechanisms, and production profiles. Understanding the reservoir differences is key to successful evaluation and operation of a CBM project. Coal is a chemically complex, combustible solid consisting of a mixture of altered plant remains. Organic matter constitutes more than 50% of coal by weight and more than 70% by volume. Type refers to the variety of organic constituents.
Core analyses are a critical part of analyzing CBM reservoirs to determine gas saturations. Coal cores must be placed in desorption canisters and heated to reservoir temperature. As the coal desorbs, gases are captured, and both their volume and composition are determined. Desorption continues for up to several months until the rate at which gas is being liberated from the coal becomes very small.
This article discusses the geology, depositional setting, and hydrogeology of promising CBM areas, along with a discussion of data sources that can help in evaluation of prospects. Foreland basins are flexural troughs that form in front of rising mountain belts. These basins, which include the Black Warrior and San Juan basins of the U.S., have provided more than 90% of the world's coal gas production to date. Cratonic basins such as the Williston basin, which straddles the U.S./Canadian border, are simple structural depressions that favor the deposition of widespread, continuous coal seams. Intermontane basins, which are common in the Appalachian Mountains of the eastern U.S., form within mountain belts and often are structurally complex, resulting in a more heterogeneous coal distribution.
Briefly stated, carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) will help us to sustain many of the benefits of using hydrocarbons to generate energy as we move into a carbon-constrained world. Even though the CO2 generated by burning hydrocarbons cannot always be captured easily in some cases (as in oil used for transportation), sequestration of CO2 from other sources (such as coal-fired power stations) can help to create, to some degree, the “headroom” needed for the volumes of CO2 that escape capture. Because of the likely continuing competitive (direct) cost of hydrocarbons and in light of the huge investment in infrastructure already made to deliver them, the combination of fossil fuel use with CCS is likely to be emphasized as a strong complement to strategies involving alternative, nonhydrocarbon sources of energy. Moreover, the exploitation of heavy oil, tar sands, oil shales, and liquids derived from coal for transportation fuel is likely to increase, even though these come with a significantly heavier burden of CO2 than that associated with conventional oil and gas. CCS has the potential to mitigate some of this extra CO2 burden. If we wish to sustain the use of oil, gas, and coal to meet energy demands in a carbon-constrained world and to provide time to move toward alternative energy sources, then it will be necessary to plan for and implement CCS over the coming decades. Subsequently, we should expect a continued need for CCS beyond the end of the century.
S field has unique geological condition, the depth of maturity based on geochemistry analysis start from 800 m and classified as shallow depth rather than in the core of Kutai basin at 4000 m. It was caused by gravity tectonic from north which lifting the middle miocene formation from below. This situation gives the benefit to find source rock in shallower depth for unconventional exploration.
To characterize and predict the source rock especially for Total organic content value is using a well-known method called ΔLog R. This technique has been applied in many field with success stories. Beyond it is success, this method is less recognizing to predict in coal, because of the huge separation between Porosity log and Resistivity log. This study aims to applied this method in delta plain environment with abundant of coal source rock using between Density log, Sonic log, and Neutron log combine with Resistivity log. Besides that, TOC accumulation will be compared with Cyclostratigraphy trend, which trends contain much TOC content and by this vertical distribution to generate lateral correlation.
Basic principle for ΔLog R method is to seek the overlay between porosity log and Resistivity Log. Assuming when TOC is high the sediment rocks has good porosity and higher Resistivity reading. Those are the effect from kerogen in shale and generation of hydrocaron. In immature organic rocks it has good porosity but Resistivity log shows lowest value. Most of organic accumulation is in non reservoir. To eliminate the reservoir zone by using the Gamma ray log. This TOC value will be validate using several geochemistry analyses from cores.
Cyclostratigraphy-INPEFA log, is cyclic deposition that refer to orbital change that effect insolation on earth. This situation cause fluctuates of Eustachy and change the sea level. When sea level drop or N-Trend and coarse sediment will deposit and the other hand P-Trend or warming phase. Predicted TOC accumulation is much higher when warming phase. This trend will help to know TOC distribution around the field.
This paper attempts to use analogs of coals and Coal bed Methane (CBM) properties in Sedimentary basins to mutual advantage from the knowledge of each other.
An attempt has been made here to showcase as to why two Coal bearing formations, Lower Eocene, Cambay in India and Miocene, South Sumatra, Indonesia can be compared with each other in terms of coal quality and CBM characteristics.
Cambay basin, with an area of 56,000 sq kms is an elongated NNW-SSE rift basin in the western part of India. The basin fill comprises Mesozoic(?) sediments capped by Late Cretaceous Deccan volcanics and a thick tertiary pile of fluvio deltaics. Thick Lignite to sub bituminous coal is found in Middle (two thick seams) and Lower Eocene section (three thick seams of 20-35 m range and one thin seam of 1-10m). Chemically, the Middle Eocene lignite-sub bituminous coal is characteristically low in moisture (4-5%), quite low in ash (1-11%) and high in volatiles (43-55%). The Lower Eocene coals are sub bituminous with 10-20% moisture, low ash(5-10%), low Sulphur(<1%) content. The gas content of the Lower Eocene coals are 6 cubic metre / tonnne, with permeability 1-3 Md with seams slightly over pressured. Depth ranges of both these coal horizons are between1000-1800m approximately.
South Sumatra basin, double in size wrt Cambay basin with an area of 100,000 sq kms, is a NE-SW trending, backarc basin. Series of half grabens punctuated with basement highs, holds Miocene and Eocene Coals in the grabens of a mostly Tertiary sedimentary pile. The Miocene coals (formed in tide dominated coastal plain) are sub bituminous, with VRo 0.4-0.5, low ash(<10%), Moisture(10-18%), high volatile matter of around 40% at depths 300-1000m, with 20-30 seams with gas content of 7 cubic metre / tonne. The Older Eocene Coals are1-10 m thick at depths 1000-2000m formed in peat bogs in fluvial settings.
The Indonesian Coals of Miocene age are very comparable in coal properties and gas content to the Middle and Lower Eocene Coals of Cambay basin and can supplement each other in studies for CBM exploration and exploitation. Of great similarity are the coal quality, ash% and gas content. To take the comparisons further ahead, detailing of thickness, extent, geometry and depositional environments of each of these basins would be advantageous.
Zhu, Qingzhong (PetroChina Huabei Oilfield Company) | Yang, Yanhui (Exploration and Development Research Institute of PetroChina Huabei Oilfield Company) | Chen, Longwei (Exploration and Development Research Institute of PetroChina Huabei Oilfield Company) | Wang, Yuting (Exploration and Development Research Institute of PetroChina Huabei Oilfield Company) | Chen, Biwu (CBM Exploration and Development Division, PetroChina Huabei Oilfield Company) | Liu, Chunli (Exploration and Development Research Institute of PetroChina Huabei Oilfield Company) | Zhang, Chen (Exploration and Development Research Institute of PetroChina Huabei Oilfield Company) | Wang, Xiaoxuan (Exploration and Development Research Institute of PetroChina Huabei Oilfield Company)
In order to solve the problems of poor adaptability of reservoir stimulation technology and low gas production of single well in high-rank coalbed methane (CBM) reservoir, a new concept of "methane-leading" reservoir stimulation technology and the corresponding technology method system are put forward. The concept of "methane-leading" reservoir stimulation technology emphasizes the complexity of the coal reservoir and the energy releasing process in the coalbed methane development. Through targeted artificial stimulation, a multi-stage interconnected fracture network system is built to reduce seepage resistance and finally improve the gas production of single well. The characteristics of coal reservoir and problems of traditional stimulation technology are analyzed in this paper. And the "methane-leading" reservoir stimulation technology focus on the optimization of the "sweet section", the release of injected energy and the expansion of area stimulated by the fracture network. The application results in the CBM field in the south of Qinshui basin, Shanxi Province, China, shows that the gas production of a single vertical well is more than twice that of an old well in the same area, reaching 2500~3000 m3/d and the average gas production per horizontal well is over 10000 m3/d, indicating a good application prospect. The innovation of this paper lies in that a new concept of "methane-leading" reservoir stimulation technology and the corresponding technology method with CBM characteristics are put forward. It provides new ideas and methods for effectively improving the gas production capacity of CBM single well, realizing efficient development of high-rank CBM and promoting the healthy development of CBM industry.