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Modelling the Growth in Gas Reseves From Known Fields

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  • Kevin F. Forbes and Ernest M. Zampelli
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    The extent to which future United States demand for natural gas is satisfied by imports of LNG is contingent on the adequacy and cost competitiveness of North American supplies. One of the cheaper and more important sources of natural gas supply is accounted for by reserve appreciation, i.e., reserve growth, in known fields. Based on an extensively applied methodology developed by Arrington (1960), the increase in proved ultimate recovery is presumed to increase at a diminishing rate with the age of the field. In this paper, a single equation model of natural gas reserve growth in the Gulf of Mexico is developed and estimated. The results strongly suggest that the annual growth rate in the reserves of a field is significantly affected by initial discovery size, price, water depth, and unobserved field-specific effects. Hence, estimating oil and gas reserve growth using an Arrington based approach may underestimate the response of reserve growth to changes in economic fundamentals.

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    Article provided by International Association for Energy Economics in its journal The Energy Journal.

    Volume (Year): Volume 30 (2009)
    Issue (Month): Special Issue ()
    Pages: 201-213

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    Handle: RePEc:aen:journl:hh-se-a13

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