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Ordos Basin CBM unconventional play

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Report summary

The Ordos Basin is an emerging CBM play with a potentially enormous resource base, where in-place volumes are estimated at 400 tcf.  The basin extends over 250,000 square kilometres (about 100,000 square miles), an area roughly the size of the UK.  Bounded by mountain ranges on three sides, the most prospective areas are located in the east of the basin. As in the nearby Qinshui Basin, small, specialised operators appear to be making the most progress in commercialising the play.

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Table of contents

  • Key facts
    • Commercialisation overview
    • Update messages
    • What to watch
  • Location maps
  • Timeline
  • Geology
  • Reserves and resources
    • Gas market
  • Infrastructure
    • Environment/regulation
    • Land access/permitting
    • Fiscal terms
    • Supply chain
    • Water procurement/disposal
    • Technology
    • The Ordos Basin is at an earlier stage of development than the nearby Qinshui Basin, although both are thought to hold great potential for CBM production.
  • Key companies
  • Economic assumptions
    • Ordos Basin economic metrics

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This report includes 10 images and tables including:


  • Ordos Basin map - CBM activity is concentrated in the eastern edge of the play
  • Position of key companies
  • Type well annual production
  • Type well cash flow


  • Key facts: Table 1
  • Ordos Basin geological characteristics
  • Ordos Basin reserves and resources build-up
  • Reserves assumptions
  • Economic assumptions: Table 1
  • Economic analysis: Table 1

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