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Shale Oil and Gas Handbook by Alireza Bahadori, Sohrab Zendehboudi

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Chapter Five

Shale Gas Processing

Abstract

Shale gas is natural gas, one of several forms of unconventional gas (also known as methane or CH4). Shale gas is trapped within shale formations with low permeability, which is fine-grained sedimentary rock which acts as its source as well as reservoir. The matrix of shale rock acts as both the storage material and creator of the gas through the decomposition of organic matter. Since shale occurs naturally with low matrix permeability, , we would require around wellbore stimulation called hydraulic fracturing(fracking) to be able to produce gas for commercial quantities. The improved technologies like fracking have caused shale gas boom in recent years. However, the required infrastructure in the development ...

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