Coalbed Methane

Unlocking coalbed methane potential through innovative technology application and a holistic approach

Coalbed methane (CBM) reserves are a relatively untapped energy source with huge potential: coal can contain up to seven times the amount of gas volume of traditional reservoirs. Estimated reserves are 7,500 trillion cubic feet globally with more than 700 trillion cubic feet in the United States alone.

Maximizing CBM recovery requires more than just proven experience in conventional reservoirs – it requires an ability to transfer this experience to the unique challenges and characteristics of coal. No one has more experience delivering successful CBM projects than Halliburton. Indeed, almost all CBM producers choose Halliburton as their service company partner.

Applying proven technology to overcome challenges in coalbed methane recovery

Coalbed methane has complex characteristics, and although conventional technology is used in its recovery, the application of these technologies is quite different.

Halliburton understands how to effectively apply technology to evaluate CBM reservoirs, which is the most critical, and often the most difficult task for a CBM prospector. Once a reservoir is deemed economically viable, drilling and production technologies come into play. Halliburton has pioneered key CBM technologies that lead the market in their ability to reduce drilling time and enhance production.

Understanding actual production potential requires a lifecycle approach

To confirm the true viability of a CBM play, Halliburton employs an analysis of the entire reservoir that includes applying an understanding of regional differences and considering all key environmental factors. This helps ensure a thorough understanding of actual production potential before significant investment decisions are made, thereby helping to reduce risk of failure at the development phase. In fact, Halliburton's lifecycle approach has actually resulted in the transformation of non-commercial developments into commercial successes.

Lowering cost and increasing production over the lifetime of the well

CBM production can be expensive and technically challenging, requiring the right knowledge to apply the right portfolio of technology and processes. To optimize production and help reduce costs over the lifetime of the reservoir, Halliburton has the expertise and proven track record in coalbed methane to deliver the right solution for your specific CBM reservoir needs.