Enough gas to supply the world for 500 years

woman of the future riding a motor cycle powered by natural gasNewspapers, governments, and social media blogs predict the end of fossil fuels. But how much energy is really left?

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Natural gas has been a reliable source of energy for many years, powering industries, households, and transportation systems. Natural gas heats homes, runs city buses, and generates 95% of the electricity in Alberta.

However, media and governments express concerns about environmental sustainability. Protesters chant and governments regulate energy transition to wind and solar.

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How long will shale gas reserves last?

Industry has a deeper question: How long will world gas reserves last?

Fossil fuels face criticism that they are not sustainable, yet an engineering supply study suggests that technically recoverable natural gas reserves may last for another 500 years.

Study indicates 500 year reserve life

Dr. Zhenzhen Dong estimated worldwide technical recoverable natural gas at 69 QCF. Dr. Dong’s paper is included with the application documents available above. (One quadrillion cubic feet is a thousand trillion cubic feet. It is also equivalent to a million BCF).

Unconventional natural gas has a reserve life index of almost five hundred years

P90 P50 P10
Original Gas In Place QCF 84.3 124.6 184.2
Technically Recoverable QCF 43 69 112
Yearly consumed TCF 143 143 143
Reserve Life Index years 301 485 784

Natural gas in use for one hundred and twenty years

The world has been seriously using natural gas for lighting, cooking and heating since the first commercial pipelines for 123 years early last century.  That means we could use natural gas for four times longer than we have already been using it.

In her work, Dr. Dong includes resources from shale gas, tight gas, and coalbed methane. She does not include natural gas hydrates because they are not yet technically recoverable. She also ignores existing conventional gas reserves.

Technically recoverable reserves is higher than economically recoverable. Economically recoverable reserves maybe 20-50% of this value. But if natural gas demand is present economics will find a way.

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Abundant Reserves

One of the main reasons natural gas is projected to last for such an extended period is the abundance of global resources. Over the past decade, significant discoveries of unconventional natural gas have been made around the world

The US geological society has created a world wide database of continuous resources. The database can be accessed from a global geographical information system. “Continuous resources” are in shale source rock according to the petroleum system model.

Natural gas reserves are so plentiful in the United States that gas commodity prices are very low. Gas is cheap because drillers are quickly exploiting gas from shale.

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