RICHMOND HILL, Ontario DYNATEC CORP. has created DYNATEC ENERGY to develop a coal-bed methane project in West Virginia. Dynatec has agreed to lease the rights to 26,000 acres, and perhaps 40,000 more, associated with the Pittsburgh coal seam. The rights were leased from Western Pocahontas Properties.
The Pittsburgh seam is 6-8-ft thick at a depth of 800-1,000 ft. Local infrastructure is excellent and the area is generally known for high-quality methane production, according to Dynatec. Methane is recovered by drilling into gaseous pockets, and drilling is something in which Dynatec has considerable expertise.
An extensive program of drilling, core sampling, and long-term flow testing will begin in the second quarter of this year. Assuming results are favourable, a series of production wells will be established.
Dynatec Energy is headed by George McLaren, formerly VP of Dynatec’s Drilling Services Division in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dynatec’s web site is at www.dynatec.ca.