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Distinguished Lecturer: Tight Coalbed Methane—A Giant Worldwide Resource

Because of the coal depositional process and the nature of gas storage and transport mechanisms, a large percentage of coalbed methane (CBM) exists in low-permeability, or tight, coals. Horizontal drilling and enhanced CBM techniques have been successful in recov­ering gas from tight coals, but with limited commercial suc­cess so far. Better understanding of coal geology and geome­chanics will lead to identification of sweet spots that can be successfully developed. Advancements in horizontal drilling technology and potentially enhanced CBM technology will reduce development costs and facilitate commercial devel­opment. Research and development is required to advance these technologies.

Join Michael Zuber as he discusses the topic.

January 20, 2015              Moscow, Russia
January 22, 2015              Ankara, Turkey
January 26, 2015              Nairobi, Kenya

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