High pressure triaxial cells are used to measure rock strength.

High pressure triaxial cells are used to measure rock strength.

Unconventional gas capabilities

New research and development are giving us access to gas resources that were previously uneconomical.

  • 15 March 2010 | Updated 14 August 2013

As Australia transitions to a lower carbon economy, a shift from coal to gas energy sources requires development of its unconventional gas resources. 

Unconventional petroleum is generally produced from complex geological systems that require innovative technological solutions for extraction. Australia’s unconventional gas resources include coal seam gas, shale gas, basin-centred gas and tight gas.

CSIRO is developing innovative solutions to discover, recover and produce unconventional gas resources.

Our research

Initial estimates indicate enormous potential for Australia’s unconventional gas resources.

CSIRO aims to characterise, and improve understanding of Australia’s unconventional gas resources in order to evaluate resource potential and assess long term sustainability.

The impact of establishing an unconventional gas industry on other resource industries such as coal, oil, gas, geothermal will also be considered.

Research benefits

Expansion of the unconventional gas industry will require new technologies to enable economic extraction and efficient reservoir management.

By providing research to determine the optimal technologies for discovering, recovering and producing unconventional gas, CSIRO aims to accelerate the deployment of gas production for local domestic use and international export.

Utilisation of unconventional gas resources for domestic purposes will directly contribute towards Australia’s targets to reduce carbon emissions.

Additionally, supplying the Liquefied Natural Gas export industry with unconventional gas supplies will have significant benefit to Australia’s energy economy.

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