The rising energy demand favors exploration of underexplored hydrocarbon resources such as biogenic methane, which accounts for as much as 20% of the world's natural gas resource. New interest in this resource is growing in the industry and rising exploration efforts show its increasing significance for future energy supply. Accumulations of biogenic gas are widespread and occur in a variety of depositional settings (marine and non-marine) and rock types (siliciclastics, carbonates and coal). Deltaic regions, deep-water clastic settings, shelves and coal swamps are favorable habitats.
Key questions for future exploration activities are:
New findings in this research area may help in the exploration of biogenic methane. A new approach was developed and tested in the BioMeP, Phase I project. Results and findings were integrated into a modeling platform PEaCH4. Optimizing PEaCH4 is the main part of this second phase of the BioMeP project.