Report  |  Unconventional gas in Germany  |  11 April 2011

German shale gas faces uphill battle

By Stefan Nicola

Major oil companies are exploring tight and shale gas reservoirs in Germany, hoping to be able to reproduce the American unconventional gas revolution. German resources, experts say, could be large enough to change the energy equation in Germany significantly. Europe's largest economy is a major importer of gas and oil. But there is still uncertainty about the size of recoverable reserves. Worse, public opposition to shale gas production is growing, making it not unlikely that the German gas boom will go bust before it has started.

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