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China, Australia likely to be major shale players, study says

By Bob Downing Published: May 20, 2014

From GlobatData on Tuesday:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

  • China and Australia becoming two of the most important emerging markets for shale and Coal Bed Methane exploration
  • Despite positive prospects, ‘fast commercialization of China’s shale resources could be difficult,’ says analyst

China and Australia Emerge as Major Upcoming Markets for Shale Developments, says GlobalData

LONDON, UK (GlobalData), 20 May 2014 - The development of unconventional oil and gas resources is gaining momentum across the world, with China and Australia becoming two of the most important emerging markets for shale and Coal Bed Methane (CBM) exploration, says research and consulting firm GlobalData.

According to the company’s latest report*, China has approximately 643 billion barrels (bbl) of risked, prospective shale oil and 4,746 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of risked shale gas in-place, of which around 32 billion bbl and 1,115 tcf are estimated to be technically recoverable.

Joseph Gatdula, GlobalData’s Senior Upstream Analyst, says: “China is aiming to develop its shale oil and gas and CBM resources rapidly, in order to meet increasing demand for these products. However, a fast commercialization of China’s shale resources could be difficult, because of the country’s shale geology, its nascent horizontal drilling and fracturing services industry, and water scarcity.”

Australia is also witnessing a substantial development of CBM and shale gas resources, according to GlobalData. The country already has a well-developed CBM industry, which would support a number of planned Liquefied Natural Gas export projects.

Gatdula continues: “The Cooper Basin has emerged as particularly well-suited for shale development, due to the presence of substantial gas processing capacity, gas-pipeline infrastructure and service providers for fracking and well drilling activities in the nearby area.”

Other countries, such as Argentina, Poland, Canada and Venezuela, have also been increasing investment in their shale gas resources. Poland possesses an estimated 1.8 billion bbl of shale oil and 146 tcf of shale gas resources, while Argentina’s estimated technically recoverable shale resources amount to 27 billion bbl oil and 802 tcf of gas, according to GlobalData.

“Argentina has a suitable geology for the extraction of shale oil and gas, especially in the Neuquén Basin. Some of the major international companies that have announced plans to invest in shale projects in Argentina include Dow, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell and Wintershall,” Gatdula concludes.

*Emerging Unconventional Resources Overview - Regulatory Environment, Industry Developments and Key Challenges

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