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Shale gas resource figure released

27/06/2013 By BGS Press

The British Geological Survey (BGS) in association with DECC has completed an estimate for the resource (gas-in-place) of shale gas in part of central Britain in an area between Wrexham and Blackpool in the west, and Nottingham and Scarborough in the east. The estimate is in the form of a range to reflect geological uncertainty. The lower limit of the range is 822 tcf and the upper limit is 2281 tcf, but the central estimate for the resource is 1329 tcf.

This shale gas estimate is a resource figure (gas-in-place) and so represents the gas that we think is present, but not the gas that might be possible to extract. The proportion of gas that it may be possible to extract is unknown as it depends on the economic, geological and social factors that will prevail at each operation.

Shale gas clearly has potential in Britain but it will require geological and engineering expertise, investment and protection of the environment. It will also need organisations like the BGS to play their part in providing up to date and accurate information on resources and the environment to the public, industry and Government.

For further details or to arrange media interviews please contact:

Clive Mitchell, BGS Press Office, Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5GG
Office +44 (0)115 936 3257              Mobile: + 44 (0)7815 537 439
Email: cjmi@bgs.ac.uk                     Twitter @CliveBGS

Sarah Nice, BGS Press Office, Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5GG
Office: +44 (0)115 936 3605            Mobile: +44 (0)7989 115657
E-mail: sebr@bgs.ac.uk                    Twitter @Sarahnice1

The following are available for interview:

  • Professor Mike Stephenson, British Geological Survey
  • Mr Bob Gatliff, British Geological Survey
  • Dr Rob Ward, British Geological Survey
  • Dr Phil Richards, British Geological Survey

 

For additional information go to: www.bgs.ac.uk/shalegas

Photographs are available from our ftp server: ftp://ftp.bgs.ac.uk/pubload/bgspress/shalegasresource

Free for media use with this acknowledgement: British Geological Survey©NERC

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