Shale gas

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Top ten takeaways from UK shale gas summit

Last week I attended SMi’s timely Shale Gas Environmental Summit in London.  Timely because the UK government is now sending clear messages that there is too much hot air spouted about shale gas and believes it will not be a game-changer as in the United States. Here are my top ten ‘takeaways’ from the summit, … Continue reading »

Shale gas fracking: Water lessons from the US to Europe

Water and energy have always had a close relationship, but shale gas and water are particularly intimate. Water is integral to shale gas drilling and there is a growing market, estimated to be worth up to $100 billion in the United States, for wastewater treatment. Tim Probert explores the opportunities and challenges in Europe. This … Continue reading »

Fracking in Sussex: The Battle of Balcombe

To some, shale gas is potentially the best thing energy development in Britain since North Sea oil. To others, shale gas is a potential environmental catastrophe. Will the growing environmental opposition to hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, stop shale gas in Sussex in its tracks? Tim Probert digs deep. This article was first published in the … Continue reading »

DECC report sets earthquake magnitude limit of 0.5 for Cuadrilla shale gas fracking

An independent report published today by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) recommends shale gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking) should be immediately halted if seismic activity is recorded of a magnitude (M) of 0.5 or above, far below Cuadrilla Resources’ proposed level of 1.7M. Shale gas developer Cuadrilla Resources, which last September claimed … Continue reading »

British Geological Survey’s shale gas groundwater study to omit Cuadrilla’s fracking sites

The British Geological Survey’s (BGS) study to establish levels of methane in groundwater in the UK will not include sites ‘fracked’ by Cuadrilla Resources in Lancashire. These sites operated by Cuadrilla, which last year claimed that a 500 square mile area around Blackpool, Preston and Southport contains enough methane to meet national gas demand for … Continue reading »

Cuadrilla in Balcombe: A fracking PR disaster

Last night I enjoyed the spectacle of a shale gas public relations car crash in the charming West Sussex village of Balcombe. Last year shale oil and gas firm Cuadrilla Resources obtained a license to commence exploratory drilling at Lower Stumble, 1 mile south of the village. A hardcover surface has been prepared, and a … Continue reading »

Europe will have to dig deep for the shale gas dream

Shale gas has been called a game changer in the US but Europe will have a tough job emulating the US’ success, writes Tim Probert. This article first appeared in the December issue of The Energy Industry Times. There is no question that shale gas has been a ‘game-changer’ in the United States. From virtually … Continue reading »

Drilling through the spin – UK shale gas exploration

Cuadrilla Resources, Britain’s first shale gas exploration license holder, claims a 500 square miles area around Blackpool, Preston and Southport contains enough methane to meet national gas demand for at least 50 years and create thousands of jobs. Proponents say Cuadrilla’s resource is revolutionary, opponents say shale gas is unnecessary. Who’s right? Tim Probert digs … Continue reading »

British Geological Survey: Cuadrilla’s shale gas estimate unreliable, to release new figure

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is working on a new estimate of the amount of shale gas in Lancashire’s Bowland Basin after suggesting Cuadrilla Resources’ figure of 200 trillion cubic feet (tcf) – enough to meet national natural gas demand for 56 years – could be flawed. Head of energy Mike Stephenson said it is … Continue reading »

Shale gas in the UK: Why Chris Huhne is not screaming “Frack, baby, frack!”

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) response towards recent domestic shale gas developments has been notably reserved and avoids the partisan hyperbole of environmentalists and oil & gas industry players alike. Why? Isn’t shale gas the best thing since sliced bread? In case you hadn’t heard, Cuadrilla Resources, a joint venture between Australian … Continue reading »

  • @ Good article about how capacity market might work. Risk of overburdening consumers with cap payments…
  • @ Early CCGTs would prob run baseload but business case weakens with each new plant. Can't all run baseload with wind/nukes.
  • Capacity payments and demand-side response payments not subject to Levy Control Framework. DECC would prefer to pay for latter to cut costs
  • DECC's Jonathan Brearley: 37 GW of new gas unlikely to be compatible with 100g CO2/KWh. Higher level of carbon in target would be needed
  • DECC's Jonathan Brearley: 26 GW of new unabated gas by 2030 compatible with decarb target of 100g of CO2/KWh