The National Energy Board (NEB) forecasts that unconventional gas will be required to meet Canadian demand by the year 2008 and could constitute up to 65 per cent of supply by 2025. Our study of the coalbed methane (CBM) potential for the Plains area of Alberta estimates a constrained gas resource of 187 Tcf of gas-in-place. Our study considered the major prospective coal horizons (Cretaceous to Early Tertiary), as well as the technical and fiscal constraints to development. Cost supply curves for future CBM development provide insight into the gas prices required to meet the NEB s supply deficiency.

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