Australia Shale Gas Industry Analysis

 Published On: Apr, 2014 |    No of Pages: 70 |  Published By: KuicK Research | Format: PDF
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One of the world’s largest natural gas exporters has found a new resource to boost up its profile. While the conventional natural gas reserves seem to be never ending in Australia, it has started tapping its unconventional resources. Australia is sitting on nearly 6% of the world’s shale gas reserves, i.e. 437 Trillion Cubic Feet. These are in addition to its already proven natural gas and oil reserves that make it one of the few distinguished energy rich nations. These shale gas reserves, though found a little late, have the proper Total Organic Content and the perfect environment of the depth of gas burial and requisite amount of temperature for its maturation.

Australia has a geological edge over other nations with shale gas reserves, the presence of source rocks which is evident by its huge conventional natural gas reserves. Australia has large natural gas reserves and even though it has been exploiting them for decades, they have not disappointed the world. Source rocks are rocks where the oil and gas mature or are ‘cooked’. The organic matter is buried in between the sediments deposited over hundreds of thousands of years on which temperature and pressure have acted to change that organic matter into kerogen, an intermediate product in the process of oil and gas formation. These kerogen deposits, with more time and action, are converted into liquid and gaseous state we call oil and gas, which is called ‘cooking’. When oil and gas is found in shale rocks, it is called shale oil or gas.

The infant state of Australian shale gas has unbound opportunities for the future. The huge reserves that have been found, though less comparatively, will open a plethora of opportunities for Australia. The country already has a big market for its natural gas exports which is only going to be become wider. The domestic investment to develop these reserves will help Australia become energy secure. The foreign investment will help make the Australian economy even stronger.

The exploration of shale gas has just started in Australia and the future, according to the estimated reserves, looks bright. 437 Trillion Cubic Feet of recoverable reserves will not be developed in a jiffy and will take a long time before any commercial production can start. The Australian government is looking to develop these reserves rapidly and has already started giving away the blocks. A lot of domestic companies have bought licenses from the government to develop shale gas blocks and many more are joining the bandwagon. The foreign companies, with their technological expertise, are also developing these blocks in partnership with the domestic firms. There are many challenges to be faced along the road but none that can’t be overcome.

“Australia Shale Gas Industry Analysis” Report Highlights:

• Shale Gas Industry Overview
• Shale Gas Reserve Analysis by Basins
• Shale Gas Exploration & Production Opportunities
• Shale Gas Development Regulatory Framework
• Technologies For Shale Gas Exploration

1. Australia Shale Gas Industry Overview

2. Australia Shale Gas Reserves
2.1 Cooper Basin
2.2 Perth Basin
2.3 Canning Basin
2.4 Otway Basin

3. Investments in Shale Gas Exploration & Production

4. Shale Gas Exploration Opportunities & Challenges

5. Shale Gas Development Regulatory Framework
5.1 Energy Resource Knowledge Base
5.2 Onshore Exploration & Development Policies
5.3 Offshore Exploration & Development Policies
5.4 Domestic & International Market Development

6. Natural Gas Market: Production, Consumption & Export

7. Australia Shale Gas Sector Future Outlook

8. PEST Analysis
8.1 Political Factors
8.2 Economic Factors
8.3 Social Factors
8.4 Technological factors

9. Technologies For Shale Gas Exploration
9.1 Horizontal Drilling
9.2 Hydraulic Fracturing
9.3 Measurement While Drilling (MWD) Tools and Logging While Drilling (LWD) Tools
9.4 Pad Drilling

10. Competitive Landscape
10.1 Beach Energy
10.2 Santos Energy
10.3 AWE Energy
10.4 Drillsearch Energy
10.5 Senex Energy
10.6 Norwest Energy
10.7 Cooper Energy

List of Figures

Figure 2-1: Global Technically Recoverable Shale Gas Reserves by Region (Trillion Cubic Feet)
Figure 2-2: Australia Share in Global Technically Recoverable Shale Gas Reserves (%)
Figure 2-3: Australia Among Top 10 Countries With Technically Recoverable Shale Gas Reserves (Trillion Cubic Feet)
Figure 2-4: Australia Gas in Place & Technically Recoverable Shale Gas (Trillion Cubic Feet)
Figure 2-5: Australia Shale Gas Reserves by Basin (Trillion Cubic Feet)
Figure 2-6: Australia Shale Gas Exploration & Investment Map
Figure 2-7: Share of Cooper Basin in Australia Shale Gas Reserves (%)
Figure 2-8: Cooper Basin Shale Gas Resource Map
Figure 2-9: Share of Perth Basin Australia Shale Gas Reserves (%)
Figure 2-10: Share of Canning Basin in Australia Shale Gas Reserves (%)
Figure 2-11: Share of Otway Basin Australia Shale Gas Reserves (%)
Figure 3-1: Shale Gas Investment by Company
Figure 6-1: Natural Gas Reserves (Trillion Cubic Feet), 2009-2013
Figure 6-2: Natural Gas Production (Billion Cubic Feet), 2009-2013
Figure 6-3: Natural Gas Consumption (Billion Cubic Feet), 2009-2013
Figure 6-4: Share of Natural Gas in Electricity Generation, 2012
Figure 6-5: LNG Exports by Country, 2011-12
Figure 6-6: LNG Exports (Million Tones), 2011-12 & 2016-17
Figure 6-7: LNG Exports (Billion AUD), 2011-12 & 2016-17

List of Tables

Table 2-1: Maryborough Shale Gas Basin Resources (Billion Cubic Feet)
Table 2-2: Georgina Shale Gas Basin Resources (Billion Cubic Feet)
Table 2-3: Beetaloo Shale Gas Basin Resources (Billion Cubic Feet)
Table 2-4: Cooper Shale Gas Basin Reservoir Resources (Billion Cubic Feet)
Table 2-5: Perth Shale Gas Basin Reservoir Resources (Billion Cubic Feet)
Table 2-6: Canning Shale Gas Basin Reservoir Resources (Billion Cubic Feet)

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