Mudstones as methane sources: gas production from coal seam interburden (2015–2017)

Abstract:
Carbonaceous mudstones associated with coal measures already exploited for gas present an attractive but used reservoir of methane. This project seeks to provide methods for accessing this gas. Mudstone associated with coal seam gas developments are very extensive and gas quantities may exceed even that in the coal itself. Further infrastructure and access permits are already in place for coal seam gas recovery. Unlike shale, which is fissile, mudstone is much softer, more malleable and plastic, and consequently will respond abnormally to hydraulic fracturing and propping, so new methods, to be developed in this project are needed for stimulation.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Projects
Researchers:
  • Professor
    School of Chemical Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
  • Principal Research Fellow
    School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
    Faculty of Science
  • Lecturer in Mining Engineering
    School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
  • Deputy Head of School
    School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
    Faculty of Science
Funded by:
Australian Research Council