The PRC has the largest
shale gas resources in the world, nearly 20% of the global total. The US,
Argentina, Mexico, and South Africa complete the top five.
The PRC’s coal bed methane resources are ...
likely the largest in Asia
outside of the Russian Federation, with gas “in place” (i.e., identified
but not necessarily technically or economically recoverable) at depths
within 2 kilometers measuring 34 gigatons of oil equivalent (GToe); this is
comparable to the PRC’s conventional gas resources and places it second
not only in Asia but in the world. These resources are spread widely
throughout the country (Figure 2.3.7).
Shale gas resources in India and Pakistan have received less
attention than those in the PRC and, in the light of conflicting studies,
are less certain. The EIA–Advanced Resources International study
identified five priority basins (in orange in Figure 2.3.7), including one
in Pakistan, and identified several other basins (in yellow) that were
either unsuitable for gas production or lacked the data required for a
resource assessment (EIA 2011b). The gas in place is estimated to be
7,536 MToe in basins in India, 1,653 MToe of it technically recoverable,
and 5,346 MToe in basins in Pakistan, 1,323 MToe of it technically
recoverable. Uncertainty points to the need to better characterize these
----- Source: Approximation based on EIA 2011b. -Golden Rules for a Golden Age of Gas (Released 29 May 2012) : http://www.worldenergyoutlook.org/goldenrules/#d.en.27023
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