Poland moves to boost investment in its vast shale gas reserves

Poland's primary energy mix in 2011 (Source: BP Statistical Review of World Energy, 2012)
Poland's primary energy mix in 2011 (Source: BP Statistical Review of World Energy, 2012)

Poland is sitting on what could be the largest shale gas reserves in Europe – enough to meet home consumption for more than 300 years. At present, more than 90 per cent of its domestic energy is produced from coal. But the government is taking steps to boost investment, entice international interest and is planning to spend 15.5 billion euros to fund shale gas exploration. This report looks at whether the costs of tapping these resources are too great and whether the government’s incentives will attract sufficient investment to unlock the country’s as yet untapped energy wealth.

POLAND is hoping for its own shale gas revolution. The government has proposed a new law to foster investme...

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