Coalbed Methane Evaluation and Development

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics

Course Description

This course focuses on the evaluation and development processes for coalbed methane (also known as CBM or CSG). Special emphasis is on the key exploration data and how it is applied to estimate well productivity, recovery volumes, dewatering times, commercial development potential, and the appropriate completion method. Several data quality control techniques are reviewed along with the many lessons learned from actual development efforts in the U.S., Australia, Canada, China, and other locations around the world.


  • Variability of the commercially successful CBM plays
  • Key geologic characteristics and evaluation issues
  • Two gas-in-place calculation methods
  • Production forecasting

Upon completion of this course, participants should have an understanding of:

  • Reasons why the appropriate drilling and completion method must be refined for each play
  • Examples of the steps, costs, and timelines for the overall development process
  • Common major mistakes made in the field and in the lab
  • Actual correlations between production rates and geologic or completion parameters
  • Application and limitations of various production forecasting and simulation methods

Learning Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Course Length

4 Days

Why Attend

Those familiar with oil and gas development who are interested in a thorough review of the concepts, techniques and strategies needed for evaluating and developing commercial coalbed methane projects.

Who Attends

This course is for engineers, geo-science professionals, researchers, managers, business development specialists, and technical support staff.

Special Requirements

Participants need to bring a laptop or calculator to solve example problems.  Participants are assumed to have an understanding of general engineering and geologic terms.


3.2 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 4-day course.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14 day window will not be refunded.  Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

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SPE reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses at will.  Notification of changes will be made as quickly as possible; please keep this in mind when arranging travel, as SPE is not responsible for any fees charged for cancelling or changing travel arrangements.

We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

Full regional cancellation policies can be found at the Cancellation Policy page within the SPE Training Course Catalog.


Steve Hennings is the owner and principal engineer for Source Rock Engineering in Littleton, Colorado, USA. He has 20 years industry experience working for a mid-size oil & gas company where he was assigned a wide variety of technical and development roles ranging from production superintendent to simulation engineer to regional technology coordinator.

Ten years ago he left the company to form his own consulting firm, providing technical guidance and onsite supervision for oil & gas development projects in over a dozen different countries. This included individual long-term assignments leading the engineering and geoscience teams at the largest oil field in the United States, the largest underground coal mine in Australia, a major oil & gas research center, and an international evaluation team for unconventional gas reservoirs. Occasionally he conducts technical workshops, including several different courses for the SPE, to share lessons learned from ongoing evaluations.

In 2008, Hennings was awarded the prestigious annual Stefanko Award from the Society of Mining Engineers for his technical contributions. Hennings is a registered professional engineer and holds a BS in petroleum engineering and an MS in finance.

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