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The Statesman

Published Date: Mar 22, 2014

SDPI’s shale gas report

It is my deep pleasure to present Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif our extensive efforts to develop practical solutions to address the energy challenges of Pakistan. Working in the heart of the energy sector, we at
the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) have worked closely
on shale oil and gas development, recognizing the vast possibilities for the economy, and energy in Pakistan. In the PML-N manifesto, the party promised to address the challenge of unemployment, but energy is a
driver of economic growth, and utilizing indigenous resource must be on
the top agenda for energy security. In the backdrop of an unprecedented energy crisis, the Energy unit at SDPI has launched a comprehensive study titled “Shale Oil and Gas: The Life Line for Pakistan”. This report has been compiled by utilizing all available sources of data and prime focus of the report was to sketch viable and doable solutions to the prevalent energy crisis. The report suggests that development of shale oil & gas may be sufficient to fulfill the gas and oil demand for almost next 50 years. Achieving this self-sufficiency through the development of these resources, the country
would be able to save USD15 billion, thus eliminating the trade deficit. It also looks at the strong nexus exist between energy and employment generation. The report informs that development of shale oil and gas is more labor intensive as compared to conventional resources, especially the drilling
phase, which can accommodate both skilled and semiskilled labors. It is
estimated that around 750,000 jobs would be generated during exploration of shale oil and gas and would offer sustainable livelihoods
in least development areas. Moreover, after successful Shale gas reservoir deliverability test, a new venue of investment will be opened for the investor from inland and abroad and generate massive economic activity across the country. The shale gas exploration and production may have the ability to transform Pakistan’s economy and revolutionize the existing energy mix within the country. Our newly launched report looked at the importance of developing shale oil and gas for Pakistan as a step towards reducing energy poverty in the country. It also dilates upon the potential of gaining an economic edge that exploration of Shale gas would entail for Pakistan in South Asia. This is followed by an investigation into the state of the Shale gas reserves of the country and the difficulties associated with the exploration process along with an environmental impact assessment. Moreover, the report discusses the generation of economic activity through Shale gas exploration and the benefits that can be accrued to the thousands of Pakistanis who are in need of sources of sustainable livelihoods. Shale gas exploration and production have the potential to transform Pakistan’s economy. Not only is shale gas abundant in Pakistan but it is
also cheap and environment-friendly. Therefore, shale gas definitely offers an opportunity, which if exploited effectively, can help to revolutionize the energy mix existing within the country. The effects of
shale gas can be far-reaching, and it, therefore, needs to be given adequate importance at the highest Level. We recommend the convening of a
special task force on shale gas & oil development. This study for documents, for the first time, the history of development of natural gas industry in Pakistan, looking at the root causes of the gigantic energy crisis. This is followed by comprehensive analysis of the trends and dynamics of the natural gas market. The advent of shale gas in North America has not only revolutionized the global natural gas market but has also transformed the global energy landscape. Inspired by the economic impact and growth driven by shale gas in the US, other countries outside the North America are now actively pursuing the development of unconventional resources to decrease their dependence on oil imports. The report highlights that not
only USA but Canada, China and Poland have been successful in producing
natural gas through these plays while countries like Argentina, India and Mexico are still striving to develop these resources, yet they face challenges in doing so. The report looks at the unique nature of shale gas plays, and the unique challenges in case of each country, calling attention to an understanding of reservoir chemistry and geology through
data gathering and data modelling. However, this framework towards a national energy doctrine based on indigenous resources could not have been completed without the immense support and constructive remarks from experts, intellectuals and professionals, stretching from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the shores of Sindh, and even abroad. Their dedicated and collective efforts and keen interest in our lengthy report not only guided us, but also helped strengthen the technical grounding of this report. We are deeply indebted to them for taking the time to review the report, and offer their comments. This intellectual base is the strength and pride for Pakistan, and we should credit the patriots who offer their expertise for the national cause.