China to Encourage Corporate Participation in Shale Gas Exploration

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Oct. 10 – As the world’s second largest energy consumer, China is paying every effort to develop clean and unconventional energy in order to meet the needs of the country’s surging demand for energy. As such, the Chinese government has recently indicated that new incentives may be given to businesses so that they can participate in the exploration of the country’s potentially huge shale gas reserves.

The Chinese government is considering establishing shale gas – the source of natural gas that has become increasingly important over the past decade – as an independent resource from conventional hydrocarbons, so that “companies with strong financial standing and technology may participate in bidding,” according to Che Changbo, deputy director of oil and gas at the strategic center of the Ministry of Land and Mineral Resources. Currently, China’s shale gas exploration is still in its early stages with no commercial production. Continue reading…

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