More Canadian shale gas

“Seventy-five kilometres southwest of Quebec City, in the farm country that lines the St. Lawrence River, natural gas is surging from the ground.

In a province so distant from the petroleum industry that it does not yet have its own system for distributing oil and gas leases, the sight of a producing natural gas well is as unusual as it is important. Thousands of kilometres from the traditional heart of Canada’s energy industry, this well could represent a significant redrawing of Canada’s energy map.

When it was first brought on stream in late January, it produced 12 million cubic feet of gas a day, a gusher by gas well standards.”

Exploration is also starting in shales in Canada’s maritime provinces which could add to the bonanza of Canadian gas reserves. 

An interesting metric for comparing gas finds was included in the article. Look at this:

“Industry generally measures shale gas wells by the average of their first 30 days of production. The first major shale play in North America, the Barnett, produces 1.5 to three million cubic feet a day. British Columbia’s Horn River averages 15 million, while the Marcellus, which is geographically near the Utica, averages about five million.

How the Utica (Quebec) will ultimately stack up against those plays remains very much an open question, since the well has not flowed long enough to prove how much gas will actually come to the surface.”


For an overall look at shale gas read this:

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