Australia Shale Gas Market Overview

Release Date: 28-Aug-2012

Australia is sitting on nearly 6% of the world’s shale gas reserves, i.e. 396 Trillion Cubic Feet. These are in addition to its already proven natural gas and oil reserves that make it one of the few distinguished energy rich nations. These shale gas reserves, though found a little late, have the proper Total Organic Content and the perfect environment of the depth of gas burial and requisite amount of temperature for its maturation. Australia has a geological edge over other nations with shale gas reserves, the presence of source rocks which is evident by its huge conventional natural gas reserves. Australia has large natural gas reserves and even though it has been exploiting them for decades, they have not disappointed the world.

Australian shale gas is divided into four main basins, namely, Cooper Basin, Canning Basin, Perth Basin and Otway Basin. These are the basins which have most of the gas distributed among them. There are some less explored, remote basins that have shale gas deposits but because of the low exploration there, it can’t be confirmed if they are technically recoverable or not.

Australia is looking to build its shale gas reserves rapidly to gain a better foothold in the world shale gas market and also increase its natural gas exports. Its biggest market is the ever energy hungry Asia. As Asian nations are slowly moving towards becoming gas based economies, Australian gas is finding more buyers and better markets. This is the right time for Australia to tap the market and flood it with its own gas produce. China, a key exporter of Australian LNG has found its own shale reserves, probably the world’s largest and is fast developing it. This will reduce its dependence on imports from Australia. That is why, Australia should keep feeding its gas to China till it is able to produce its own gas and for that, Australia will have to move fast to develop and produce its shale gas.

The report published by KuicK Research, ‘Australia Shale Gas Market Analysis’, gives a bird’s eye view of the Australian shale gas market in its nascence. The future of the Australian shale gas, according to the report, is bright and large with large investments planned for the coming years. Australia is set to take the top position in LNG exports with the start of production of shale gas. The report also gives an insight on the issues that Australia might face during the development of its reserves.


Table of Content


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

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