UK shale gas reserves ‘significant’, MPs told

The UK has ‘significant’ onshore shale gas reserves, assuming 10-20% of the 200 trillion cubic feet present underground can be recovered economically

The current UK’s shale gas reserve estimate of 5.3 trillion cubic feet (tcf) is based on guesswork, geological experts have told MPs. A figure of 20-40tcf emerged as a potentially more reliable indicator of Britain’s onshore shale gas reserves during an oral hearing at the House of Commons on 27 November.

Durham University’s Professor Richard Davies and Nigel Smith of the British Geological Survey (BGS) gave evidence on shale gas reserves to the Energy and Climate Change Committee. BGS previously submitted written evidence on this to the committee in October.

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