Science & Technology

Shale Gas in the UK – what, where and how: a geologist’s perspective

Professor Kevin Taylor
16th May 2016, 7:00pm

There has been a major push by the UK government for the development of shale gas production in the UK, driven by the success in the USA and the politically-desirable need for a secure domestic supply of natural gas. However, whilst there is clear evidence for the presence of shale gas in the UK, there is much uncertainty about the volume of shale gas reserves, the complexities of the UK geology, and also the potential surface footprint of any large-scale extraction. This talk will explain what shale gas is, where it is possibly present in the UK, the technical and environmental challenges presented by its extraction, and the economics of extraction. Is the production of shale gas in the UK a realistic possibility or a pipe-dream?

Professor Kevin Taylor is a geoscientist at the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester. He has over 25 years’ experience in characterizing the geological nature of oil and gas reservoirs and reservoir analogues, with a particular interest in their physical and chemical variability at spatial scales ranging from sub-micrometres to several kilometres. He currently coordinates research on the characteristics and reservoir quality of shale gas and shale oil reservoirs both in the UK and globally, with a focus on porosity, permeability and predicting responses to hydraulic fracturing.