shale gas development and operations

Chevron combines two proven technologies – horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing – to safely produce natural gas from shale.

Natural gas from shale is being developed safely and responsibly today using technologies that have been proven over decades of use.

our shale gas development and operations

our shale gas development and operations

See how we’ve developed new shale gas technology and how that technology has improved natural gas production.

Horizontal drilling became commercially viable in the 1980s. Hydraulic fracturing has been used since the 1940s in more than 2 million wells around world. In the United States, 90 percent of oil and gas wells undergo hydraulic fracturing to enhance production flow rates.

Chevron is pursuing advancements in technology and applying industry best practices throughout the full development life cycle to efficiently produce shale gas while protecting the environment.

Shale rock formations are located up to 3 miles below the earth’s surface. Producing natural gas from shale is made possible by extended-reach horizontal drilling, to access the resource, and hydraulic fracturing where water under pressure is used to fracture the rock, releasing the trapped gas. Once completed, these wells are expected to produce for 40 to 50 years.

Updated: September 2012