Coalbed Methane

Society of Petroleum Engineers
Continuing Education Short Course Offering

Coalbed Methane


Instructors:     John Wright, PhD, Norwest Questa Engineering
                         Joe McHenry, Norwest Questa Engineering
                         Steve Hennings, Norwest Questa Engineering

 Dates:            Tuesday-Wednesday, November 14-15, 2006 , 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

 Location:      707 Seventeenth Street, Suite 3010 , Denver , CO 80202 (Corner of 17th and California)

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  1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded by SPE-Americas Office for this 2-day course.

 Course Description
There are many differences between Coalbed methane (CBM) and more conventional gas reservoirs, but the laws of physics still apply.  This two-day seminar is for individuals needing an overview of the reservoir engineering, drilling and completion, production and economics of CBM.  This course introduces the basic aspects of CBM, its history, differences from conventional gas, and its future.  

Course Contents

·        Coal as a Gas Reservoir
Data Gathering
Storage of Gas in Coal:  The Adsorption Isotherm
CBM Volumetrics
Production Characteristics of US Coal Basins
Water Management
Reservoir Performance Analysis Techniques
Reserves Determinations – Proved, Possible and Probable
Drilling and Completion Techniques
·        Production Techniques

Who Should Attend

Petroleum engineers, geologists, geophysicists, investors, managers and government officials wanting an understanding of the fundamental aspects of coalbed methane will benefit from this course.

About the Instructors

Dr. John D Wright , Ph.D., is president of Norwest Questa Engineering in Golden, Colorado.  He has more than 35 years of domestic and international oil and gas experience in reservoir engineering, coalbed natural gas development, and property evaluation and has been an expert witness in more than 35 oil and gas industry cases.  Dr. Wright has been a principal in two petroleum engineering consulting firms for a total of 21 years and has taught Petroleum Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines for eight years.  He co-authored a book titled Oil Property Evaluation and has taught numerous short courses domestically and internationally. Dr. Wright is active in a number of professional societies and is a registered professional engineer in four states. He serves as a member of the board of directors of Norwest Corporation and has been on the Board of Directors for the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers.  Dr. Wright’s company Norwest Questa Engineering has extensive petroleum engineering expertise, working in nearly every basin in the United States and internationally.  Questa Engineering has been teaching industry courses on coalbed natural gas since 2001 in addition to its regularly scheduled short courses, ranging from Oil Field 101™ to economic evaluation.

Joe McHenry , M.S., is a Senior Engineer at Norwest Questa Engineering and is President of Rocky Mountain CBM LLC.  He earned Petroleum Engineering degrees from Pennsylvania State University and the University of Southern California.  His 25 years of diverse oil and gas experience focuses on project management, reservoir characterization, completions, economic evaluations and reserve calculations in unconventional projects - water/polymer floods, steam floods, tight sands, shale gas and CBM.  Joe has ten years of Coalbed Methane experience starting in the San Juan Basin in 1986.  He was one of the early drivers for re-stimulating wells and infilling the Colorado portion of the basin.  During his tenure, Texaco’s CBM production increased from 30 MMCFD to over 200 MMCFD.  Joe has evaluated more than 70 CBM projects in 13 states and 7 countries.

 Steven W. Hennings , M.S., is a Senior Reservoir Engineer at Norwest Questa Engineering Corporation with more than 25 years of domestic and international experience in a wide variety of reservoir and production engineering roles.   Mr. Hennings specializes in reservoir characterization, reservoir modeling, and field evaluations for conventional, CBM, CMM, tight gas, horizontal well, waterflood, and EOR development. He holds a Bachelors degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Wyoming. Hennings also holds a Masters degree in Finance from the University of Phoenix.


The registration deadline is October 27, 2006 .  The registration fee is $600.00 and is fully refundable until that time.  For more details, contact Darien O’Brien, or (303) 864-6015.  Make your check payable to SPE Denver Section and mail to: Darien O’Brien, Forest Oil Corporation, 707 Seventeenth Street, Suite 3600 , Denver , Colorado 80202.  Please include the course name, your FULL name (as you would like it to appear on the course completion certificate), SPE member number (if applicable), Title, Company, e-mail address, postal address, phone and fax number. 




Name Sales End Price
Member Ended $600

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