Tight Gas Potential Status, Obstacles and the Way Forward in Meeting Future Energy Needs of Pakistan
Production from unconventional tight gas resources plays significant role in energy market. It is commonly held that the tight gas has gained considerable importance in meeting energy needs and is widely developed across the world. It is also worth noting that several countries are engaged in pursuing the tight gas resources development to meet energy challenges. However, the copious concerns have emerged to technical and economic development of tight gas potential. Hence, it is essential to accurately assess the resources and to address the key technical issues and economic feasibilities that will support in mitigating the risk and to increase the investment opportunities. This paper provides a systematic review about current status, field development best strategies; in addition, the paper also addresses the obstacles and issues for development of tight gas potential in Pakistan. Although, the efforts made by the Exploration and Production (E&P) firms operating in Pakistan are not very encouraging for tight gas resources development. Hence; this requires further improvements and accurate assessments to develop tight gas resources effectively. Thus, for accurate assessment of tight gas potential, various imperative approaches, ideas, considerations, several challenges and the best strategies for field development are highlighted that offers significant improvement in materializing the future trends in tight gas potential development. The paper will be a kind of helpful tool for the policy makers, potential investors and industry professionals working in Pakistan’s E&P industry.