Can an independent producer fulfill a vision to develop and produce a coalbed methane gas field that covers two hundred square miles in a remote desert plateau in the western United States? This paper will answer that question as well as provide answers to other pertinent questions, such as, "What tools would be available to the operator to efficiently and safely produce the wells?" And, "Would the tools allow for future expansion and/or allow new technologies to be incorporated into the system cost-effectively?"

This case study will show how River Gas Corporation was able to successfully meet their needs with an automation system that was jointly developed with an engineering/ manufacturing company. All phases of the project, from its inception in 1991 with a 13-well pilot project to a planned 600-well development will be discussed. Innovative solutions successfully answered the above questions and allowed the system to evolve to meet the continuing changes in expansion and production needs.

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