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Recent years have seen marked advancement of the shale gas industry due to key enabling technologies in shale gas extraction. This includes hydraulic fracturing, horizontal drilling, microseismic monitoring technologies, information and communication technologies, and produced water technologies. Powered by these technologies, the shale gas industry has managed to influence the US energy mix, enabling the country to achieve energy self-sufficiency.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Future of Shale Gas Industry Tied Strongly
to Advances in Enabling Technologies
Research PREVIEW for
Technologies Enabling Extraction of Shale Gas
Section Slide Numbers
Executive Summary 3
Research Scope and Objective 4
Key Findings 6
• Introduction to Shale Gas
• Regional Distribution of Shale Gas
• Shale Gas Production
• Regional Development of Shale Gas
Impact Assessment and Analysis
• Impact of Technology Drivers/Challenges
• Impact of Market Drivers/Challenges
Value Chain Stakeholder Analysis 21
Enabling Technologies in Shale Gas Extraction 30
Technology Roadmap 37
The Full Analysis Features the Following Content
The top technologies which are necessary in enabling shale gas extraction are: hydraulic
fracturing, horizontal drilling, microseismic monitoring technologies, ICT technologies (inclusive of
predictive technologies and leak detection technology) and produced water technologies.
In hydraulic fracturing there are now an increased number of players who provide base fluid
alternatives that replace water.
Future trend of shale gas development would be the adoption of smart integrated systems, which
improve efficiency and reduce the incidence of failures. Failure prediction systems, leak detection
software, advanced microseismic technologies would play an important role in the efficacy of shale
The United States (US) is the key innovator and adopter of technologies enabling shale gas
production. The US has a number of factors which is conducive for the development of shale gas.
With advanced technologies and better management practices, many of the environmental
impacts could be reduced to a great extent.
Shale Gas Production
Abandonment & reclamation
Casing and perforating
Road and well pad construction
Shale gas production involves several steps. The sequence of
events in shale gas production are listed in the adjacent figure.
The first step in shale gas production would be the establishment
of a well pad, which requires several acres of land. Also additional
land is required for the road and other utilities.
The well pad provides a stable base for a drilling rig and other
associated equipment. The pad serves as the location of the
wellhead and other equipment.
Shale gas resources are located at great depths (varies from few
hundreds of meters to thousands of meters) and the shale
resources are horizontally spread.
Following drilling (vertical or horizontal), a steel casing pipe is
installed into the wellbore And cement is pumped into the void
space between the casing and the surrounding mineral formation.
Hydraulic fracturing then takes place , where the shale rock is
fractured using a high-pressure liquid (usually water that is mixed
with sand and chemicals) for the purpose of extracting the natural
gas from the shale.
During production, gas that is recovered from the well is sent to
small-diameter gathering pipelines that connect to larger pipelines .
The gas is collected from a network of production wells.
Following the production life, abandonment & reclamation of well is
Impact Mapping of Drivers and Restraints
Key Drivers and Challenges
Technology Factor Market Factor
Most of the technologies listed in the
roadmap are already in the market, but not
all are being widely adopted.
It is expected that the technologies such as
3D fracturing would be more widely adopted
in the medium term by more players and the
impact levels would be in the medium range.
Technologies such as failure prediction
system, microseismic technologies, and
pipeline detection systems are expected to
become even more advanced and their
adoption would result in a high to medium
level of impact.
Waterless fracturing technologies though
already in existence would assume even
more importance in the near future and also
advancements would be seen, which would
give positive results to adopters.
The overall trend would be systems which
are smart. Smart systems would be
interconnected and having an inbuilt
feedback systems would result in improved
efficiency and reduced operational costs.
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