Tag: Shale gas

  • Unconventional Gas in Argentina: Will it become a Game Changer?

    By: Ieda Gomes , Roberto Brandt

    Argentina clearly has a world-class shale gas resource and its ‘crown jewel’ is the Vaca Muerta play. How such a resource might be developed and linked to global gas trade flows in terms, for example, of reducing Argentina’s LNG import requirements is a complex multi-vector issue.  This paper by Ieda Gomes and Roberto Brandt provides […]

  • Natural Gas in Canada – what are the options going forward?

    By: Ieda Gomes

    With US shale gas dominating the headlines of the energy media for the past several years, Canadian gas has been somewhat overshadowed. While gas industry followers outside North America may have been aware of the reduction in Canadian gas exports to the US, they will likely have missed the complex interaction of lower cost US […]

  • US climate change policy and the power sector

    By: David Robinson

    On 2 June 2014 the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its proposed performance standards to reduce CO2 emissions from existing power stations. In 2012, these stations accounted for about 38.5% of US energy-related CO2 emissions, chiefly from coal.  To date, the EPA proposal is the most substantial federal policy initiative aimed at reducing CO2 […]

  • UK Shale Gas – Hype, Reality and Difficult Questions

    By: Howard Rogers

    The shale gas phenomenon has transformed the US from prospective LNG importer to the current expectation of it becoming a major LNG exporter. In the UK the recent upgraded estimates by the British Geological Society of shale gas resources in the north of England have unleashed a wave of speculation in the media which includes […]

  • Why Europe’s energy and climate policies are coming apart

    By: David Buchan

    The European Union’s integrated energy and climate policy is coming apart. This is due to the effects of recession, and the impact of national renewable energy and back-up generation schemes, on the EU blueprint for a single energy market. New Commission guidelines will seek to Europeanize these national schemes, but this Europeanization effort assumes faster […]

  • Will There be a Shale Gas Revolution in China by 2020?

    This paper, by Fan Gao, assesses the extent to which China is likely to achieve levels of shale gas production by 2020 which would make a meaningful difference to its growing need for imports of pipeline gas and LNG. The study suggests that given the rather disappointing progress on Coal Bed Methane production since exploration […]

  • Can Unconventional Gas be a Game Changer in European Gas Markets?

    By: Florence Gény

    Although unconventional gas development will not be a game changer for European gas markets overall it could have a significant impact in individual countries although probably not this decade. Florence Gény’s study argues that much more stringent European environmental standards difficulties of access to land and fresh water and lack of incentives for landowners to […]

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