Today's Trends: Onshore Plays Supply Bulk of U.S. Gas Production

The majority of current U.S. natural gas production comes from conventional onshore plays in the U.S., according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2010.

Currently, 12.18 Tcf of natural gas is produced from onshore plays, while shale plays comprise 2.75 Tcf of current production and offshore fields comprise 2.65 Tcf. Coalbed methane makes up 2.07 Tcf of current U.S. gas production, with the remaining .35 Tcf of current gas production coming from Alaska.

EIA forecasts that this supply breakdown will shift in the coming years, with supply from onshore conventional plays anticipated to decline to 9.14 Tcf in 2035 while the amount of gas supplied by shale gas plays is expected to rise, reaching 6 Tcf in 2035.

Gas supplied from U.S. offshore production is expected to climb in the coming decades, reaching 4.33 in 2035, as is Alaskan natural gas production, which is forecast to reach 1.87 Tcf in 2035. Gas supplied by coalbed methane resources will decline slightly, with supply of 1.93 Tcf estimated in 2035.


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