Poland energy organization says shale exploration moving too slowly

Poland energy organization says shale exploration moving too slow Kamlesh Parmar, chairman of the Polish Exploration and Production Industry Organization (OPPPW) believes Poland's shale gas program is progressing too slowly with projects being delayed due to government red tape.

Parmar said exploration may not be complete until 2037 unless changes are made to administrative regulations surrounding the energy industry, Polskie Radio reported. He pointed out the clearance process for a shale project in Poland has taken almost a year for the Ministry of the Environment to offer approval. The United States is more efficient at approving shale gas projects, he said.

"Until today, 49 wells have been made in Poland, whereas in Pennsylvania thousands have been built over a few years," Parmar said. "We estimate that for a reliable assessment of shale gas resources in Poland some 287 wells are still needed. Unfortunately, at the present rate it could take until 2037."

Poland is looking to expand domestic shale gas production to reduce its reliance on gas imports from Russia, Polskie Radio reported. However, the U.S. Energy Information Administration has estimated Poland's shale gas resources are about 148 trillion cubic feet, lower than the 187 tcf originally estimated.

Yet, Poland is home to part of the Baltic Basin, estimated to be one of the most promising shale gas reserves in Europe. The basin stretched from northern Poland to southwestern Lithuania and extended into Russia. Poland energy company Lotos said it was interested in exploring the Lithuanian portion of the shale formation, Reuters reported.

Unconventional shale exploration in Europe is explored at PennEnergy's research area.

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now


Logistics Risk Management in the Transformer Industry

Transformers often are shipped thousands of miles, involving multiple handoffs,and more than a do...

Secrets of Barco UniSee Mount Revealed

Last year Barco introduced UniSee, a revolutionary large-scale visualization platform designed to...

The Time is Right for Optimum Reliability: Capital-Intensive Industries and Asset Performance Management

Imagine a plant that is no longer at risk of a random shutdown. Imagine not worrying about losing...

Going Digital: The New Normal in Oil & Gas

In this whitepaper you will learn how Keystone Engineering, ONGC, and Saipem are using software t...

Latest PennEnergy Jobs

PennEnergy Oil & Gas Jobs