Natural Gas Facts

Natural gas is one of the cleanest burning fossil fuels.

Natural gas can form over time from almost any organic material. It is generally located deep underground in porous rock or trapped between more solid rock formations.

The first natural gas well was drilled in 1883 in a field near Medicine Hat, Alberta.

A gigajoule (GJ), a unit for measuring natural gas, is the energy equivalent of about 30 litres of gasoline.

The average Albertan household uses about 120 GJs of natural gas a year.

In 2015, there were 1,368 natural gas wells placed on production in Alberta. About 68 per cent of Canada’s natural gas production is from Alberta.

Natural gas in Alberta is used primarily for industrial use, electricity generation and residential and commercial space heating.

Alberta has one of the most extensive natural gas systems in the world as part of its energy infrastructure, with more than 415,000 kilometres of energy related pipelines.

Coalbed methane is natural gas found in coal seams. There may be up to 500 trillion cubic feet of coalbed methane in Alberta, although not all of this will be recoverable.

In 2015-16external link icon , natural gas and by-products royalties brought in $493 million. Royalties for natural gas and by-products were above budget. Lower gas prices were more than offset by higher than forecasted production and revised lower estimates for the cost of processing the Crown’s royalty share of gas, and industry filings for the past fiscal years.

The Alberta Energy Regulator annually updates the ST:98 Alberta's Energy Reserves and Supply/Demand Outlookexternal link icon