EPE  Vol.3 No.3 , July 2011
Prospect Conceiving of Joint Research and Development of Shale Gas and Coalbed Methane in China
Abstract: Inspired by successful development of shale gas in USA and influenced by hydrocarbon resources shortage currently, China has strengthened shale gas research and accelerated its exploration process. In order to enrich coalbed methane (CBM) and shale gas geological theory and promote their development process, this paper compared shale gas with CBM in accumulation, distribution, reservoir and production. It expatiated on the background and significance of the combined research and development, and analyzed the geological foundation and future prospects. Our investigation demonstrated that there are many sets of coal-bearing strata in Shanxi formation of Permian system in Ordos in North China, Longtan formation of Upper Permian and Xujiahe formation of Upper Triassic in Southern Yangtze region, Xishanyao formation of Middle Jurassic in Turpan-Hami Basin and Junggar Basin in Northwest China, and Shahezi formation of Cretaceous in Songliao Basin in northeast China. In these regions, shales which are interbeded with coal seams have the characters of big thickness, continuous distribution, high content of organic matter, good parent material and high maturity, accord with the basic geological conditions to format shale gas and CBM reservoir and composite gas reservoir, thus form appropriate regions and layers to carry out joint research and exploration with good prospects for development.
Cite this paper: nullS. Chen, Y. Zhu, M. Wang, W. Li and H. Wang, "Prospect Conceiving of Joint Research and Development of Shale Gas and Coalbed Methane in China," Energy and Power Engineering, Vol. 3 No. 3, 2011, pp. 348-354. doi: 10.4236/epe.2011.33044.
References

[1]   J. P. Pan, “Shale Gas Development and Future Prospects on the Promotion of the Development of Shale Gas Resources,” International Petroleum Economics Monthly, Vol. 11, 2009, pp. 12-15.

[2]   J. C. Zhang, H. K. Nie, B. Xu, et al., “Geology Condition of Shale Gas Accumulation in Sichuan Basin,” Natural Gas Industry, Vol. 28, No. 2, 2008, pp. 151-156.

[3]   J. Z. Li, D. Z. Dong, G. S. Chen, et al., “Prospects and Strategic Position of Shale Gas Resources in China,” Natural Gas Industry, Vol. 29, No.5, 2009, pp. 11-16.

[4]   R. F. Pan and X. S. Huang, “Shale Gas and Domestic Exploration Prospect,” China Petroleum Exploration, Vol. 14, No. 3, 2009, pp. 1-5.

[5]   S. B. Chen, Y. M. Zhu, H. Y. Wang, et al., “Research Status and Trends of Shale Gas in China,” Acta Petrolei Sinica, Vol. 31, No. 4, 2010, pp. 689-694.

[6]   D. J. Creties and M. B. Charles, “Coalbed and Shale Gas Reservoirs,” Journal of Petroleum Technology, Vol. 60, No. 2, 2008, pp. 92-99.

[7]   H. Y. Jiang, X. M. Song, X. X. An, et al., “Current State and Outlook of Exploration and Development of the Shale Gas Resources in the World,” Petroleum Geology & Oilfield Development in Daqing, Vol. 27, No. 6, 2008, pp. 10-14.

[8]   J. Z. Huang, “Exploration Prospect of Shale Gas and Coal-Bed Methane in Sichuan Basin,” Lithologic Reservoirs, 21, No. 2, 2009, pp. 116-120.

[9]   Y. X. Li, H. K. Nie and P. Y. Long, “Development Characteristics of Organic-Rich Shale and Strategic Selection of Shale Gas Exploration Area in China,” Natural Gas Industry, Vol. 29, No. 12, 2009, pp. 115-118.

[10]   B. E. Law and J. B. Curtis, “Introduction to Unconventional Petroleum Systems,” American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, Vol. 86, No. 11, 2002, pp. 1851-1852.

[11]   J. B. Curtis, “Fractured Shale-Gas Systems,” American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, Vol. 86, No. 11, 2002, pp. 1921-1938.

[12]   W. B. Ayers Jr., “Coalbed Gas Systems, Resources, and Production and a Review of Contrasting Cases from the San Juan and Powder River Basins,” American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, Vol. 86, No. 11, 2002, pp. 1853-1890.

[13]   Y. Qin, S. X. Sang, X. H. Fu, et al., “Potentials of CBM Resources in Key Coal Mining Areas in China and Some Theoretical Problems in Resources Evaluation,” China Coalbed Methane, Vol. 3, No. 4, 2006, pp. 17-20.

[14]   S. B. Chen, Y. M. Zhu, X. H. Wang, et al., “Study on Coal Bed Methane Deposit Features of Yangchatan Coalfield in Songzao Mining Area,” Coal Science and Technology, Vol. 36, No. 8, 2008, pp. 91-95.

[15]   C. B. Che, H. L. Yang, F. B. Li, et al., “Exploration and Development Prospects of Coal Bed Methane (CBM) Resources in China,” China Mining Magazine, Vol. 17, No. 5, 2008, pp. 1-4.

[16]   C. L. Liu, J. Zhu, C. B. Che, et al., “Methodologies and Results of the Latest Assessment of Coalbed Methane Resources in China,” Natural Gas Industry, Vol. 29, No. 11, 2009, pp. 140-132.

[17]   J. Z. Zhao, L. J. Song and B. H. Shi, “Divisional Principles and Projects of Coalbed Methane Basin in Mainland China,” Acta Geologica Sinica, Vol. 82, No. 10, 2008, pp. 1402-1407.

[18]   H. Y. Wang, J. M. Li, Q. Zhao, et al., “Resources and Development of New Energy in China,” Acta Petrolei Sinica, Vol. 30, No. 3, 2009, pp. 469-474.

[19]   J. C. Zhang, S. L. Jiang, X. Tang, et al., “Accumulation Types and Resources Characteristics of Shale Gas in China,” Natural Gas Industry, Vol. 29, No. 12, 2009, pp. 109-114.

[20]   J. P. Ye, “Advances in Exploration and Development of Coalbed Methane in China: A Review,” Geological Bulletin of China, Vol. 25, No. 9-10, 2006, pp. 1074-1078.

[21]   Y. Qin and A. G. Chen, “CBM Exploration and Exploitation Advances and Trend in China,” Coal Geology of China, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2007, pp. 26-29.

[22]   K. Qian, Z. S. Shi, S. G. Lin, et al., “Industrialization Progression and Development Suggestions for Coalbed Methane of China,” Natural gas geosciences, Vol. 20, No. 6, 2009, pp. 831-840.

[23]   D. F. Martineau, “History of the Newark East Field and the Barnett Shale as a Gas Reservoir,” AAPG Bulletin, Vol. 91, No. 4, 2007, pp. 399-403. doi:10.1306/intro910407

[24]   D. M. Jarvie, R. J. Hill, T. E. Ruble, et al., “Unconventional Shale-Gas Systems: The Mississippian Barnett Shale of North-Central Texas as One Mondel for Thermogenic Shale-Gas Assessment,” American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, Vol. 91, No. 4, 2007, pp. 475-499. doi:10.1306/12190606068

[25]   S. J. Wang, L. S. Wang, J. L. Huang, et al., “Accumulation Conditions of Shale Gas Reservoirs in Silurian of the Upper Yangtze Region,” Natural Gas Industry, Vol. 29, No. 5, 2009, pp. 45-50.

[26]   X. Luo, F. J. Sun, M. L. Shao, et al., “Geochemistry of Deep Coal-Type Gas and Gas Source Rocks in Songliao Basin,” Petroleum exploration and development, Vol. 36, No. 3, 2009, pp. 339-346.

[27]   K. M. Cheng, Y. Xiong, X. M. Zeng, et al., “Coal into Hydrocarbons in Turpan-Hami Basin,” Acta Petrolei Sinica, Vol. 23, No. 4, 2002, pp. 13-17.

[28]   D. Y. Cao, W. F. Zhan, T. J. Liu, et al., “Tectonic Divisions and Distribution Rules for Coal Measures in Northern Qaidam Basin,” Geotectonica et Metallogenia, Vol. 31, No. 3, 2007, pp. 322-327.

[29]   D. G. Liang, T. L. Guo, L. Z. Bian, et al., “Some Progress on Studies of Hydrocarbon Generation and Accumulation in Marine Sedimentary Regions, Southern China (Part1): Distribution of Four Suits of Regional Marine Source Rocks,” Marine Petroleum Geology, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2008, pp. 1-16.

[30]   Y. Qin, M. H. Xiong, T. S. Yi, et al., “On Unattached Multiple Superposed Coalbed-Methane System: in a Case of the Suigonghe Syncline, Zhijin-Nayong Coalfield, Guizhou,” Geological Review, Vol. 54, No. 1, 2008, pp. 65-69.

[31]   Y. M. Zhu, H. Zhao, Q. L. Yan, et al., “Tectonic Evolution and CBM Reservoir Formation in Wulunshan Minefield, Guizhou,” Coal Geology of China, Vol. 20, No. 10, 2008, pp. 38-41.

 
 
Top