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Unread postby Russ » Sun 05 Mar 2006, 15:24:58

Isn't natural gas much easier to pump than oil? It's a gas, so isn't all that's involved is piercing the field and letting it flow? Doesn't that mean that it's a lot easier to pump natural gas and, thus, deplete the field than oil?

Obviously, I know very little any basic primer on the Natural gas pumping mechanics would be great
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Re: Natural Gas

Unread postby ReserveGrowthRulz » Sun 05 Mar 2006, 16:06:26

Russ wrote:Isn't natural gas much easier to pump than oil? It's a gas, so isn't all that's involved is piercing the field and letting it flow? Doesn't that mean that it's a lot easier to pump natural gas and, thus, deplete the field than oil?

Obviously, I know very little any basic primer on the Natural gas pumping mechanics would be great


Viscosity differences between gas and oil is huge, and all in natural gases favor. Natural gas isn't "pumped", give it a 2psi pressure differential and it'll just move right along.

From that prespective, yes, it does make a gas field easier to deplete than an oil field, plus there aren't quite the "changing recovery factor" arguements which make for lively and interesting reserve changes.
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Re: Natural Gas

Unread postby Russ » Sun 05 Mar 2006, 18:40:07

So how quickly do reserves deplete? Or, how long does North America have?
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Re: Natural Gas

Unread postby ReserveGrowthRulz » Sun 05 Mar 2006, 20:17:28

Russ wrote:So how quickly do reserves deplete? Or, how long does North America have?


Gas reserves suffer from the same reporting problems that oil reserves do, so all the usual debates can take place. Plus, its easier to produce small gas wells than small oil wells, both from an operational standpoint and an economic one, and small wells is what all wells become at some point in time or another.

My guess is once a big LNG terminal opens near a decent sized hub, north american natural gas problems just translate to world natural gas problems, same as oil, post early 70's. So maybe the question is when does the world run out, and how high will the price have to be to sustain LNG operations world wide.
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Re: Natural Gas

Unread postby eXpat » Sat 07 Nov 2009, 11:44:39

More natural gas controversy
Monday, November 2, Arthur Berman wrote in his blog:

Pressure from Petrohawk helps cancel World Oil column

In an act of extraordinary courage, a top Petrohawk executive threatened to cancel his free subscription to World Oil if the magazine continued to publish my column. Today, John Royall, President and CEO for Gulf Publishing, cancelled my November column.

I have accordingly resigned as contributing editor.

Heading Out (Dave Summers) and I have been talking about the issues Arthur Berman raises for quite a while now. Most recently, Dave wrote a post called Shale Gas Estimates Perhaps Optimistic - An Interesting and Worrying Talk at ASPO.

So what are the issues involved?

What Arthur Berman is saying is that natural gas companies that extract shale are mis-estimating how quickly natural gas production will decline in the future--they are assuming gas production will decline more slowly than evidence indicates it will. As a result of their optimistic assumptions about decline rates, they are assuming that shale gas can profitably be extracted for as long as 50 years, when Berman believes the average well life is only about 8 years.

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Re: Natural Gas

Unread postby shortonsense » Sat 07 Nov 2009, 11:55:02

eXpat wrote:
What Arthur Berman is saying is that natural gas companies that extract shale are mis-estimating how quickly natural gas production will decline in the future--they are assuming gas production will decline more slowly than evidence indicates it will. As a result of their optimistic assumptions about decline rates, they are assuming that shale gas can profitably be extracted for as long as 50 years, when Berman believes the average well life is only about 8 years.

http://www.energybulletin.net/node/50618


Berman's technical abilities have already been commented on.

http://petroleumtruthreport.blogspot.co ... earch.html
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Re: Natural Gas

Unread postby varadarajan » Sat 07 Aug 2010, 01:03:52

Normalised cubic meters per hour.

The flow rate in cubic meters per hour which would produce the same mass flow rate if the temperature of the gas was 20 degrees C.

eg if you have 100 cubic metres per hour, but the temperature is 10 degrees C, that is equivalent to about 103 cubic metres per hour at 20 degrees C.

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