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Unconventional Gas Reservoirs

Book Description

Natural gas, especially unconventional gas, has an increasingly important role in meeting the world's energy needs. Experts estimate that it has the potential to add anywhere from 60-250% to the global proven gas reserve in the next two decades. To maintain pace with increasing global demand, Unconventional Gas Reservoirs provides the necessary bridge into the newer processes, approaches and designs to help identify these more uncommon reservoirs available and how to maximize its unconventional potential.

Loaded with reservoir development and characterization strategies, this book will show you how to:

  • Recognize the challenges and opportunities surrounding unconventional gas reservoirs
  • Distinguish among the various types of unconventional reservoirs, such as shale gas, coalbed methane, and tight gas formations
  • Drill down and quantify the reservoir’s economic potential and other critical considerations
  • Gain practical insights and tools to efficiently identify, appraise, and develop unconventional gas reservoirs
  • Understand various techniques used to analyze reservoir parameters and performance as well as how they were applied to numerous real-world case studies
  • Upgrade to the latest information on perspectives and insights with discussion of key differences used for today’s unconventional gas characterization versus original conventional methods that failed in the past

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Author Biography
  6. Chapter 1. Introduction
    1. 1.1. Summary
    2. 1.2. Unconventional to Mainstream: A Necessary Paradigm Shift
    3. 1.3. The Paradox of Unconventional Gas
    4. 1.4. Greening the Future of Unconventional Gas
    5. 1.5. Paradigm Shift in Reservoir Characterization
    6. 1.6. The Science of Unconventional Gas
    7. 1.7. Depicting the Future
    8. 1.8. The End Game
  7. Chapter 2. World Gas Reserve and the Role of Unconventional Gas
    1. 2.1. Summary
    2. 2.2. Petroleum in the Big Picture
    3. 2.3. Petroleum Reserve around the World
    4. 2.4. Worldwide Gas Reserve
    5. 2.5. Unconventional Gas around the World
    6. 2.6. Summary and Conclusions
  8. Chapter 3. Important Features of Unconventional Gas
    1. 3.1. Summary and Introduction
    2. 3.2. Overview of Unconventional Gas Reservoirs
    3. 3.3. Special Features of Unconventional Gas Reservoirs
    4. 3.4. Global Warming and Natural Gas
    5. 3.5. Distinguishing Features of Unconventional Reservoirs
  9. Chapter 4. Future Potentials of Unconventional Gas: Challenges and Opportunities
    1. 4.1. Introduction
    2. 4.2. Lessons Learnt from Enhanced Oil Recovery
    3. 4.3. Carbon Sequestration Enhanced Gas Recovery
    4. 4.4. Enhanced Gas Recovery
    5. 4.4. Summary and Conclusions
  10. Chapter 5. Reservoir Characterization of Unconventional Gas Formations
    1. 5.1. Summary
    2. 5.2. Introduction
    3. 5.3. Origin of Fractures
    4. 5.4. Seismic Fracture Characterization
    5. 5.5. Reservoir Characterization during Drilling
    6. 5.6. Reservoir Characterization with Image Log and Core Analysis
    7. 5.7. Major Forces of Oil and Gas Reservoirs
    8. 5.8. Reservoir Heterogeneity
    9. 5.9. Special Considerations for Shale
    10. 5.10. Special Considerations for Coalbed Methane
  11. Chapter 6. Scientific Characterization of Unconventional Gas Reservoirs
    1. 6.1. Summary
    2. 6.2. Introduction
    3. 6.3. Science of Nature versus Natural Science
    4. 6.4. Delinearized History of Characterization of Matter and Energy
    5. 6.5. Characterization of Everything in Existence
    6. 6.6. Organic and Mechanical Frequencies
    7. 6.7. Redefining Force and Energy
    8. 6.8. what is a Natural Energy Source?
    9. 6.9. The Science of Water and Petroleum
    10. 6.10. Organic Origin of Petroleum
    11. 6.11. Placement of Unconventional Gas in the Energy Picture
  12. Chapter 7. Overview of Reservoir Simulation of Unconventional Reservoirs
    1. 7.1. Introduction
    2. 7.2. Essence of Reservoir Simulation
    3. 7.3. Recent Advances in Reservoir Simulation
    4. 7.4. Comprehensive Modeling
    5. 7.5. Towards Solving Nonlinear Equations
  13. Chapter 8. Economic Outlook and Conclusions
    1. 8.1. Summary
    2. 8.2. Economics of Unconventional and Economics of Intangibles
    3. 8.3. Conclusions and Recommendations
  14. References
  15. Index