Thursday, October 04, 2012

Global Shale Resources Shaking Up Energy Scene

Previously published on Al Fin blog

The Earth has barely been explored in terms of its vast energy potential. New sources of energy are cropping up in unlikely places, on an almost daily basis.
Shale and other unconventional gas resources have been identified in France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Land and license acquisition, and even some early stage exploration, is already underway or foreseen in a number of these countries. _New Shale Frontier

South Africa, for example, is now moving ahead to develop its significant native shale resource.

News from Japan's new shale discoveries
Notice that the map of shale resources above is incomplete, with large areas "greyed out". The map below reveals a broader view of the presently known global shale resource, but even that map is woefully incomplete.

JOHN Howard has warned that the development of the shale gas industry in the US could shake up the global energy scene and have a dramatic impact on China and Australia.

... "I think the potential for gas and oil from shale to transform the world energy scene, including the energy scene in China, is quite significant," Mr Howard said. _Global Shale Shakeup via Australia
Australia is yet another energy-rich country that has just begun to discover its potentially huge shale resource.

We should not forget China, which is thought to possess a gargantuan resource of shale gas. While China is unlikely to ramp up shale production rapidly, it is already using the threat of its shale gas to negotiate much tougher terms with Russian gas company Gazprom.
On Tuesday, Chinese sources told Platts in Astana that price remains the key issue in the negotiations, echoing earlier statements by the Russian side.

Russia wants a price close to that paid by its European customers, while China is insisting on a lower price, similar to what it pays to Middle Eastern LNG suppliers, according to the Chinese sources. _Platts
Left unsaid in most press reports is the profound impact of North American shale oil & gas development on the energy hopes and dreams of other nations possessing large reserves of shale hydrocarbons.

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