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Dec 03, 2018 07:32 PM
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China’s Shale Gas Dreams Run Out of Steam

Wood Mackenzie expects China’s shale gas production to double from 9 billion cubic meters (317 billion cubic feet) of gas production annually at present, to 17 billion cubic meters by 2020. Photo: VCG
Wood Mackenzie expects China’s shale gas production to double from 9 billion cubic meters (317 billion cubic feet) of gas production annually at present, to 17 billion cubic meters by 2020. Photo: VCG

China’s efforts to mimic the U.S. by exploiting its big shale gas reserves are hitting the rocks, thwarted by higher development costs due to geographic and geologic constraints, experts say.

With its strong emphasis on energy self-sufficiency, China has long hoped to harness its recoverable shale gas reserves to meet its ballooning energy demand. Those dreams got a boost in 2009 with the discovery of huge reserves in Sichuan province, and the U.S. Energy Administration Agency now estimates China has 1.115 trillion cubic feet of recoverable shale gas, the most in the world.

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