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Australia Shale Gas Market Analysis

June 2012 | 65 pages | ID: A34C62F09BBEN
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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. The world’s largest exporter of coal, Australia, is already a major player in the Coal Seam Gas business and now has found shale gas reserves buried deep under its surface. The fourth largest LNG exporter, Australia might soon become the world’s top most LNG exporter. Australia has 396 Trillion Cubic Feet of recoverable reserves of shale gas spread all over the country. With the shale gas boom engulfing the world right now, Australia does not want to be left behind. It has considerable shale gas reserves that will boost its natural gas exports even further. After the astounding success of shale gas in making US self sufficient in energy, every country is now looking to develop its shale gas reserves and start production as soon as possible. Australia, too, wants to repeat the US shale gas success story but with its own plotline. While, for the US, shale gas proved to be an important tool in cutting its natural gas imports, for Australia, it is a way to get more money by exporting to its largest market, Asia.

The future of shale gas will largely depend on the assessments that will be done in the next couple of years, which will establish that the estimated reserves as commercially recoverable or not. The investments will be riding on this information and as soon as a positive outlook is presented, companies will rush in to get a share of the shale gas pie in Australia. There is little speculation right now regarding the productivity of these reserves but the international companies are not leaving anything to chance. The shale gas process of exploration and production will, by itself, take at least three to four years to begin production. The future, though, rides on the initial assessment of these shale plays.
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

2. AUSTRALIA SHALE GAS RESERVES

2.1 Cooper Basin
2.2 Perth Basin
2.3 Canning Basin
2.4 Otway Basin

3. SHALE GAS INVESTMENTS IN AUSTRALIA

4. SHALE GAS OPPORTUNITIES & CHALLENGES IN AUSTRALIA

5. GOVERNMENT REGULATION & POLICIES FOR EXPLORATION & DEVELOPMENT OF SHALE GAS RESERVES

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 LANDSCAPE

6.1 Production
6.2 Domestic Consumption
6.3 LNG – Export

7. FUTURE OUTLOOK FOR SHALE GAS EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION IN AUSTRALIA

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 Domestic Companies Having Shale Gas Basin Exposures
  10.1.1 Beach Energy
  10.1.2 Santos Energy
  10.1.3 AWE Energy
  10.1.4 Drillsearch Energy
  10.1.5 Senex Energy
  10.1.6 Norwest Energy
  10.1.7 Cooper Energy
10.2 International Companies

LIST OF FIGURES

Figure 2-1: Shale Gas Reserves by Basin (Trillion Cubic Feet)
Figure 2-2: Share of Cooper Basin in Australia Shale Gas Reserves
Figure 2-3: Share of Perth Basin Australia Shale Gas Reserves
Figure 2-4: Share of Canning Basin in Australia Shale Gas Reserves
Figure 2-5: 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), 2006-2011
Figure 6-2: Natural Gas Production (Billion Cubic Feet), 2006-2011
Figure 6-3: Natural Gas Consumption (Billion Cubic Feet), 2006-2011
Figure 6-4: Share of Natural Gas in Electricity Generation
Figure 6-5: LNG Exports by Country, 2010
Figure 6-6: LNG Exports (Million Tones), 2011-12 & 2016-17
Figure 6-7: LNG Exports (Billion AUD), 2011-12 & 2016-17


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