I live in Lycoming County and Beech Resources is planning to put a compressor station near their Premier Wells in Lycoming Township. I happen to live in sight of this well and where the compressor will be as I'm on the next ridge over (4500' as the crow flies) We just built last year, and while well drilling doesn't bother me as it's temporary, the thought of a compressor station is back breaking since this property we acquired was our dream spot and borders my parents farm.
Their offices deny they're planning it, but I've heard from quite a few that it's in the planning stages (including the landowner who sold them the 14 acres). I know they're loud, but would like to hear from everyone's perspective that has been near them how bad they are. Right now they're deciding on whether it's going to be on pad compressor, or a separate station. I do think it's funny the company themselves are denying they have plans to put one in, when it's public record they purchased 14 acres from the landowner, and they certainly don't buy land for with no intentions to develop it.
I know I sound like a NIMBY, but I built out here for privacy and quiet. The gas drilling and traffic associated with it never bothered me because I know it's temporary. Compressor stations, however, will most likely leave me with no choice but to sell.
I've seen both types of compression stations - well pad and compressors contained within pole barn type buildings with noise abatement sound-proofing.
If the OP has mineral rights, you might be able to look past the sight/sounds of compression as you count your extra Benjamins. Most gas wells are not blessed with enough pressure to exploit all reserves and keep accumulated liquids from accumulating in the production tubing and impeding production without the benefit of compression.
My 2 centavos,
Very interesting Brian. With compression, what will be the expected removal of gas from a well? Would it be as high as 90%+? Sounds like without compression a lot of gas remains in the well.
fg - Shale gas, by definition, is produced from ultra-low permeability rock. Fracking helps with improving the productive surface area of the rock. 90% recovery from shale seems like a stretch to me.
I do agree that most gas reservoirs produce more of the gas in place when compression is included in the exploitation plan, Conventional and naturally fractured reservoirs perform better before compression is required, in my experience,
Are there any viable options to remove the remaining gas, such as, fracking the well again or is this gas just lost?
fg - I've been out of the game now for nearly 10 years. I'm not sure how re-treating these wells would work. If the new fractures are just reopened original fractures, then little gains may be achieved.
Regardless of the quality of the reservoir rock or the treatment method chosen, it's difficult to recover all of the gas or oil in place,
I do own the mineral rights, but no amount of money seems to really make this seem to be an ideal scenario.
Most wells I see around here don't have compressors, so is that something they often come back and add later on the pad?
Matt - compression at some point in the well's life is often part of the depletion plan. The timing of compression install depends upon a lot of variables; I've seen some compression added quickly after first production, others after many years and when the well is in an advanced state of depletion,
Good to know. Are on pad compressors generally quieter than those in the enclosed buildings?
Matt - the enclosed compressors are generally more quiet than the on-pad ones, which tend to be un-muffled large block vehicle engine driven, in my recollection.
I cannot ever recall going into a compression station pole barn type enclosure with a running compressor without using hearing protection,
Thanks for all your insight, it's greatly appreciated. I guess I will have to decide if it's worth living next to.