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Asia-Pacific’s shale gas potential yet to be tapped

Promising plays are scattered across the region, but exploration has scarcely begun

Unconventional gas plays in the Asia-Pacific region are largely unproven with the exception of coal-bed methane (CBM) in Australia. Shale’s potential has been hyped up, yet there are only two wells – one in China and the other in Australia –that have flowed commercial volumes of gas. So far, early shale-gas exploration wells have only been drilled in China, Australia and India. But there are no plays with more than 100 wells drilled yet – considered the minimum requirement to prove up a basin. Nevertheless, developers remain excited about opportunities in both China and Indonesia, where on a technical basis the shales signal a high likelihood of being commercial. Both countries are gas-sho

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