Credit: 2 PDH
Course Fee: $24.00
BP is working to responsibly develop and produce natural gas from unconventional resources including shale gas, ‘tight’ gas and coal bed methane – at our operations in the US, Algeria, Indonesia and Oman. More than 80% of our onshore natural gas production is from unconventional resources.
We believe these resources have the potential to contribute safely, sustainably and affordably to global energy security and efforts to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases from energy use.
Hydraulic fracturing (sometimes referred to as ‘fracking’) is the process of pumping water, mixed with a small proportion of sand and chemicals, underground at a high enough pressure to split and keep open the rock and release natural gas that would otherwise not be accessible. This process has been applied since the late 1940s when Amoco, now part of BP, performed some of the first fracture treatments in the Hugoton field in Kansas. The fracturing operation results in a significant increase in the surface area exposed within the formation – from 1,000 to 100,000 times more. This means it is possible to produce natural gas reserves that could not otherwise have been reached.
Note: we have several courses that are opponents of gas fracking. We picked this article randomly among the gas fracking companies, so that the ideas and opinions of the proponents of this industry is also heard and presented.
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Course Author: BP