Shale gas could increase global gas resources by around 50%.
That’s according to a new report funded by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), which looked at the current availability of unconventional gas resources at a regional and global level.
Researchers claim that although the US has seen an increase in the production of shale gas, the extent to which this growth can be maintained or reproduced in other areas of the world is not clear.
They said: “Claims that shale gas will last for decades deserve much more careful scrutiny. While the resource is clearly very large, there is still an enormous amount of uncertainty, even in areas where production is well established. The evolving experience in the United States needs to be watched very closely to see if shale gas lives up to expectations.”
The research was conducted by a team at University College London, Imperial College London and the University of Sussex.