UNCONVENTIONAL gas has stormed on to the US stage in the form of shale gas, but what are the prospects in Europe and elsewhere?
In fact, unconventionals are not new to some North Sea operators with Venture Production, now a part of Centrica, seeking to specialise in “tight” gas, plus coal-bed methane is being exploited in some former mining areas.
The potential is thought to be enormous and, to draw the attention to this resource, Aberdeen’s first Unconventional Gas Conference is being staged in March at the AECC.
The inaugural The Challenge of Making Unconventionals Conventional 2011 conference, will focus on shale gas, tight gas and coal-bed methane, and will be held on March 1-2.
The conference promises to bring together key industry figures, plus government and academia. They include former BP chief, Lord Browne, now MD of Riverstone Holdings, and Quentin Fisher, Professor of Petroleum Geoengineering at Leeds.
The conference is being organised by Aberdeen City Council with support from the Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) and the Aberdeen branch of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Strangely, the Energy Institute declined involvement.
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