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Shale Gas in China: Prospects, Concerns, and Potential International Collaboration

Kenneth B. Medlock III

Shale Gas in China: Prospects, Concerns, and Potential International Collaboration.

Shale gas resource potential in China is assessed to be large, and its development could have wide-ranging
 economic, environmental, and energy security 
implications. Although commercial scale shale gas
 development has not yet begun in China, it holds the 
potential to change the global energy landscape. 
Chinese decision-makers are wrestling with the challenges
 associated with bringing the potential to reality:
 geologic complexity; infrastructure and logistical 
difficulties; technological, institutional, social and market 
development issues; and environmental impacts, 
including greenhouse gas emissions, impacts on water availability and quality, and air pollution. This paper
 briefly examines the current situation and outlook for shale gas in China, and explores existing and potentiall 
avenues for international cooperation. We find that despite
 some barriers to large-scale development, Chinese 
shale gas production has the potential to grow rapidly
 over the medium-term.

Published by the International Shale Gas and Oil Journal. Subscription required.

By Morgan Bazillian, Ascha Lychett Pedersen, Jacuelyn Pless, Jeffrey Logan, Kenneth Medlock III, Francis O'Sullivan & Jane Nakano