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Shale Gas – A Case of What We Know and What We Don’t Know

With headlines ranging from claims that shale is the world’s source of cheap gas, to those that say that fracking is the ultimate evil, you would had to be living on another planet to not have seen or read something about shale gas in the last few years.  This blog by Leigh Bolton*, principal of Holmwood Consulting, challenges us to take a balanced view of shale gas: [Read more…]

Why the U.S. Government Should Allow LNG Exports

Shale Gas

The shale gas revolution in the U.S. has been well documented.  From a standing start 10 years or so ago, shale gas now accounts for approximately 25% of U.S. gas supplies.  However, gas producers have been victims of their own success and falling gas prices mean they now seek government approval to export gas as LNG. [Read more…]

Gas Matters

I spent 2 days at the LNG Global Congress in London at the end of last month.  The event is well attended and well-liked by industry players and serves as a useful barometer for the gas industry as a whole.

It was clear that many supporters of gas were present and they claim that gas is uniquely positioned to address the challenges of population growth, economic development, the environment and affordability.  Furthermore, natural gas is abundant, has low emissions, is the lowest cost low carbon technology, and its uses are moving beyond power generation and chemicals feedstock to transportation.  The extent to which gas has penetrated the transportation market comes as a surprise to many outsiders and examples include Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in cars and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) used as ship bunker fuel.  LNG is even being used as fuel for drilling rigs in the U.S.

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