BP to Increase Natural Gas Recovery from San Juan Basin

BP will invest up to $2.4 billion over the next 13 years to increase its share of ultimate recovery of coalbed methane natural gas from the San Juan Basin of southwestern Colorado by an estimated 1.9 trillion cubic feet. The company anticipates a steady development program that will increase current BP net production of 425 million cubic feet per day by more than 20 percent, and maintain production above present levels for more than a decade.

The project includes funding for the drilling of more than 700 new wells for which BP has obtained regulatory infill approval, and associated field facilities. To minimize environmental impact, BP plans to drill nearly all of the new wells from existing well pads, using existing roads and pipelines where possible.

"This investment will allow us to continue the responsible development of one of the largest gas fields in the US while enhancing our ability to continue delivering clean-burning natural gas to domestic markets," said Tony Hayward, Chief Executive, BP Exploration and Production.

Today, coalbed methane gas accounts for about 10 percent of US domestic gas production. BP started development of this important clean energy source when it began testing production methods in the San Juan Basin in 1976. It has been a leader in coalbed methane technology development and production ever since.

The San Juan Basin project is part of a 10-year, over $45 billion US oil and gas exploration and production program that includes major investments in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and the Lower 48 states.

"BP is investing heavily in secure sources of energy for the US," said Bob Malone, Chairman and President of BP America. "Continued development of the San Juan Basin is an important part of that effort."