From Alberta Research Council Inc.
ARC partners with US company to research and field-test future energy reserves The Alberta Research Council (ARC) has formed an alliance with TerraTek Inc. of Salt Lake City, Utah to provide integrated field services for research activities and field-testing of unconventional natural gas, including coalbed methane (CBM), shale gas, and tight gas in Western Canada.
The alliance combines TerraTek's experience in delivering novel engineering services to the oil and gas industry with ARC's expertise in research, development and demonstration of unconventional gas recovery and environmental experience. The partners will immediately offer developers and producers in Western Canada advanced research and development services, field desorption measurements and laboratory isotherm measurements.
"We're excited to be partnering with TerraTek to bring new research and testing technology to western Canadian markets. Our integrated services will help Canadian energy producers take the next step toward responsible development of unconventional fossil fuel resources," says Dr. Ian Potter, ARC's director of Sustainable Energy Futures.
John Robinson, a drilling and reservoir specialist based in Calgary will manage ARC's alliance activity. Other members of the ARC team include Jeffrey Sinclair, technology development and marketing officer, and Derek Krivak, project manager and unconventional gas analytical specialist, both also of Calgary.
TerraTek, a respected research and testing business, has been a leader in coalbed methane development over the past 25 years. Under the alliance, the U.S.-based company will provide expertise in shale gas and CBM recovery. TerraTek will contribute its expertise and know-how to ARC's internationally recognized expertise in geological storage.
"We are very pleased to be part of the ARC team," says Mr. Sidney Green, chief executive officer of TerraTek. "Our first action will be to launch a number of advanced field and laboratory reservoir evaluation services currently unavailable in Western Canada".
John Keller, head of the company's core analysis division will manage TerraTek's participation. TerraTek's Keith Greaves, CBM analysis expert, and John Kieschnick, shale gas analysis expert, provide strong technical expertise for this business.
Coalbed methane is a critical energy source, currently accounting for nearly eight per cent of the United States' natural gas supply. Shale gas technology, although still in the early stage of development, offers even larger new gas resources. Western Canadian reserves of both coalbed methane and shale gas are substantial and could lead to a significant portion of Canadian gas production in the future. Natural gas recovery from these unconventional gas sources requires different technology than conventional gas recovery; the Alberta Research Council-TerraTek alliance will help provide rapid introduction of the required technology.
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For more information, contact:
Dr. Ian Potter
Director, Sustainable Energy Futures
Alberta Research Council