Shale Gas: Geochemical and Physical Constraints on Genesis, Storage, and Productibility

Status Start Date End Date Locations
completed Apr 1, 2011 Jul 31, 2019 All Counties
Director: Maria Mastalerz
Other Researchers: Agnieszka Drobniak Arndt Schimmelmann, Juergen Schieber YR 1 43-272-95, YR 2 43-273-01
Funding: U.S. Department of Energy - USDOE - No Specific Program
Issue: Unconventional types of natural gas, such as shale gas, are increasingly valuable hydrogen-rich ‘clean’ fossil fuel because their combustion releases no toxins, produces no ash, and emits less carbon dioxide per unit of energy than combustion of coal or oil. A strengthened scientific basis is needed for developing improved exploration models that can be coupled with an effective production strategy.
Objective: This project is comprised of three tasks related to shale gas: (1) Study of porosity in shale; (2) Natural methane outgassing from shales into the atmosphere; and (3) Generation of catalytic shale gas. Each task focuses on an individual aspect in need of basic shale research for industrial and environmental reasons. All three tasks are conceptually linked.
Approach: This objective will be achieved through integrated research including field work, and laboratory experiments and analyses.
Products: This project resulted so far in more 10 published, peer-reviewed articles, and over 30 abstracts and conference presentations by various authors
Benefits: This project will provide better understanding of the factors that influence geochemical and physical controls on origin, storage and producibility of shale gas.