28 Feb '12, 12am

Historic Oil/Gas and Gas/Coal prices provide opportunity for fuel switching: Filed under: Energy News

Historic Oil/Gas and Gas/Coal prices provide opportunity for fuel switching: Filed under: Energy News

That sound you hear is the stampede of shale gas drillers away from dry gas plays. The irrational exuberance of shale gas drillers, chief amongst them Chesapeake's voluble Aubrey McLendon, is leading to an impressive destruction of capital. The long run marginal cost is significantly above the current spot price. With natural gas storage bursting at the seams , natural gas is reverting to its historical nuisance byproduct as drilling moves to liquid rich plays. While not sustainable in the long term, the present pricing situation presents opportuinities to displace coal generation and some oil in the transport sector. Both the gas/coal and oil/gas ratios are at record levels: Sources: Natural Gas (EIA); Oil (EIA); Coal (EIA) Natural gas is now cheaper than coal on a per unit energy basis, and a btu of natural gas also yields more electricity than coal. Only half of coal pl...

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