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Geological characteristics, technical status, future prospects and challenges of Shale Gas Exploitation in India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Petroleum Engineering, Presidency University, Bengaluru, India
  • 2Department of Petroleum Engineering, Presidency University, Bengaluru, India
  • 3Department of Petroleum Engineering, Presidency University, Bengaluru, India
  • 4Department of Petroleum Engineering, Presidency University, Bengaluru, India

Int. Res. J. Earth Sci., Volume 7, Issue (3), Pages 29-33, September,25 (2019)


The shale gas revolution has aided the United States to achieve energy independence and has turned around the pattern of world oil and gas supply by motivating the other counties to move towards the exploitation of unconventional reservoirs like shale gas. In unconventional resource like Shale Gas, the flow of natural gas is limited/restricted without the use of artificial cranks because of its very low permeability. India's dependency on oil or gas imports can be substantially reduced by sustainably developing shale gas reserves. Since India is at an earlier stage of shale gas exploitation, there is a huge gap between India and the United States in terms of expertise, resources and technology. This paper analyses the current situation of shale gas exploitation in India and discusses the issues (pad drilling, multi-stage horizontal fracturing, and environmental impacts, etc.) which are constraining its development in India. This paper also discusses the geology of shale gas formation in India, the technical status of its exploitation and the future development prospects associated with its exploitation.


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