Natural Gas Publications and Maps

This section contains publications relating to Natural Gas that Alberta Energy has produced. 

Natural gas is combustible and burns more cleanly than some other energy sources, it is one of the most highly used energy sources.
  
This collection of information will help you learn about Natural Gas in Alberta.

Reports

Summary of Alberta's Shale- and Siltstone-Hosted Hydrocarbon Resource Potentialexternal link icon
This summary produced by Alberta Geological Survey under the Energy Resource Appraisal Group of the Energy Resources Conservation Board provides baseline data, information, and understanding of the geology, distribution, reservoir characteristics, and hydrocarbon resource potential of Alberta shales.

Final Report of the Ethane and NGLs Task Force
This report was submitted to Honourable Steve West July 1999, by MLAs Rob Lougheed and Victor Doerksen on results of the Task Force review of Alberta's ethane and natural gas liquids (NGLs) policy framework.

Gas over Bitumen (Technical Solution)
Information pertaining to Gas over Bitumen issues. 

Monthly Industry Activity Reports
The monthly Industry Activity Report provides the most current data available for Alberta's drilling activity.  Included in the report are data for new licences, spuds, land sales, rig activity and well completions.

Oil and Gas Fiscal Regimes of the Western Canadian Provinces and Territories
This report summarizes the petroleum fiscal regimes for the Western Canadian provinces and territories. (2011) 

Western Canada Drilling Cycle Optimization
A study undertaken to examine and provide actionable recommendations that assist optimization of the industry cycle on seismic and drilling activities in Western Canada.

Fact Sheets

These Fact Sheets provide summaries about Natural Gas and it's industries in Alberta. If you have further questions, see the Frequently Asked Questions portion of our site.

Talk about Natural Gas
This fact sheet provides general information about natural gas, including information on Alberta's natural gas resources.

Explaining Your Gas Bill
Natural gas utility companies provide a service that combines the purchase of natural gas on your behalf and its delivery to your home through the pipeline system. In some cases the same company provides both the purchase of natural gas and the delivery of that gas; in other cases it is two separate companies – a gas supplier and a pipeline owner. It is important to note that energy costs and delivery costs may be billed by separate entities.  This fact sheet will provide you with a simplified explanation of your gas bill.

Natural Gas Prices
This fact sheet explains natural gas prices in Alberta.

Talk about Royalties
Royalties help fund important programs like health, education and infrastructure. They ensure that Albertans receive a portion of the benefits arising from the development of the province’s energy resources. This fact sheet explains what royalties are and how they are calculated.

Publications

Natural Gas overview brochure
The brochure represents Alberta’s combined capabilities in natural gas – our producing fields, our network of export pipelines, massive storage capability, a major benchmark pricing mechanism, trading services, numerous points of consumption from electricity generation to residential heating, and a world-class petrochemicals sector that adds value to natural gas liquids. [2008]

Alberta's Energy Industry Overview
Energy Sector Highlights and Economic Impact, Natural Gas, Petrochemicals, Oil Sands and Conventional Oil, Minerals, Electricity, Hydrocarbon Resources. [2012]

Gas Royalty Information Bulletins
The Gas Royalty Calculation Information Bulletins highlight proposed changes to legislation, regulations or operating procedures.  These bulletins are published on a monthly basis and provide industry clients with updated information regarding reporting requirements for the determination of natural gas royalty.

Presentations

Natural Gas Liquids Royalty Framework Changes
This presentation explains changes to Alberta's natural gas liquids royalty calculation. 

Royalty Adjustment Program for Deep Marginal Gas Wells (RAP)
This presentation provides information on the new adjustment program for deep marginal natural gas wells.

Maps

Map of Natural Gas Fields and Natural Gas in Coal potential
Alberta has a world-class natural resource base, with an estimated 84 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of remaining recoverable natural gas.  In addition, there is an estimated 500 Tcf from natural gas in coal, also known as coalbed methane, although at this point there is not enough information to determine how much can actually be recovered.

Map of Alberta Coal Occurrences and Potential Coalbed Methane (CBM) Exploration Areas (Alberta Geological Survey)
The Energy Resources Conservation Board estimates there are 91 billion tonnes of coal resources at depth suitable for mining. There is an additional 2 trillion tonnes of coal at depth in the Alberta Plains that may be suited for coal bed methane (CBM) exploration.  The Alberta Geological Survey  estimates there may be up to 500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in Alberta's coals. It isn't known how much of this gas may be economic to produce. As more information becomes available the production potential will become clearer.

Map of the Natural Gas HUB
The Alberta Hub is part of a North American network linking 500,000 kilometres of  pipelines and accessing markets representing more than half of North America’s combined natural gas demand. Alberta’s natural gas processing and distribution hub is the key to unlocking the full potential of Alaska and Mackenzie Valley gas.

Map of proposed Northern Pipeline projects
This map indicates the proposed routes for the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline and Alaska Highway Pipeline projects.

Map of Natural Gas Storage Facilities
This map, courtesy of the ERCB report, ST98-2007, Figure 5, indicates the major commercial natural gas storage facilities in the province.

A listing of external resources for natural gas is also available.