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The Shale Oil and Gas Debate


9782710811534-The Shale Oil and Gas Debate
Authors : CHARLEZ Philippe A.

CHARLEZ Philippe A.

Philippe Aimé Charlez is a Mining Engineer and graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique de Mons (Belgium). He obtained his PhD from the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris and went on to join Total in 1982 where he worked as a Rock Mechanics Expert for 15 years. He then occupied several operational and management positions in Scotland, Angola and more recently, Kazakhstan.

He is currently Development Manager of Unconventional Resources for the Total Group. Ph. Charlez is the author of two books on Rock Mechanics, and over 50 scientific papers.

, PASCAL BAYLOCQ

PASCAL BAYLOCQ

Pascal Baylocq  is an Engineer with a PhD in Mechanics and holds a degree in economic sciences. He began his career at Total in 1995 as a Drilling Engineer. After several years spent abroad (Argentina, United Arab Emirates and the UK), he joined the Finance Division as an internal auditor. Having set in motion the deployment of internet technologies in the Exploration & Production Branch, he took on responsibility for an offshore oil complex in the United Arab Emirates in 2005. In 2007, he joined Geostock as Executive Vice President, a position he still holds. Since 2011, he has been the President of the CLAR think tank ‘Hydrocarbon source rocks’ in the GEP-AFTP.


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ISBN : 9782710811534
trade paperback      150 x 210 mm      232 pages
Publication date : May 2015



In the space of six years, the united States have reduced their dependence on oil by a third and have become almost self-sufficient in terms of gas supply. This “shale oil and gas revolution”, a sudden and unexpected earthquake in the energy world, enabled the US to become one of the most competitive countries in the world. Exporting this revolution could double the world gas reserves and boost those of oil by 20%. Outside North America, the main reservoirs are thought to be in China, Russia and Argentina.
In the medium term, this new state of affairs will have major geopolitical consequences, fundamentally altering oil, gas and coal imports. While US imports from the Persian Gulf rapidly dwindle, those of China and India will significantly increase and as the United States becomes a gas exporter, Russia will have to find alternative markets. Although it is not ranked in the “top 10”, Europe is thought to have vast resources. Yet for the realization of a major European project, a number of geological (are European source rocks as high quality as their US counterparts?), economic (will Europe be able to develop its resources at an acceptable cost?) and societal barriers will have to be overcome. On a densely-populated, urban continent, hydraulic fracturing, water supply, microseisms and surface impact represent a battery of “threats” for the stakeholders. Changing this perception will require both pedagogy and transparency regarding the local communities. This has to be a win/win situation and not a case of give and take.
In this work, written in the form of 20 questions for non-specialists, Philippe Charlez and Pascal Baylocq give you the answers to “everything you always wanted to know about shale oil and gas but never dared to ask".

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