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UK needs to start fracking to revive its energy sector

The UK could be sitting on 1,300 trillion cubic feet worth of shale gas resources

The numbers are almost beyond belief. Central England, believes the British Geological Survey, is sitting on shale-gas resources that probably amount to 1,300 trillion cubic feet. At a recovery rate of 10%, this gives the UK producible gas 15 times greater than its conventional reserves and roughly equal to those in Australia, a rising power in the global liquefied natural (LNG) export business. More gas may be found elsewhere in the country. This geological fluke is a gift. The UK's power-generation sector is creaking after years of sweating older assets; plans to install new nuclear plants and build up renewable energy are progressing as if through British treacle; and domestic gas product

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