Shale gas – the need for a coordinated policy

| Production & Resources |

The UK is stepping up the pace of the search of new shale gas deposits. The state authorities are becoming more and more actively involved in the support of the shale investments. The British example may soon show whether subsidizing the commercial excavation of shale gas is profitable, and whether state aid helps to achieve independence from energy resources imported from overseas.

Read more →

United Shales of America

| Foreign Markets |

USA constitutes an excellent example of a country where the chemical sector is gaining an increasing importance in the national economy. Thanks to shale gas excavation American companies from the chemical sector have gained access to a cheap resources. Consequently, it was possible to decrease the cost of production, becoming a major competitor of Asian and European manufacturers.

Unconventional sources

Over 10 years ago, USA became the global leader in natural gas excavation. As much as 40% of this resource was obtained thanks to shale gas and coal deposits. Owing to a significant decrease of the price of gas, even to 3 dollars per MMBtu in 2012, new energy was injected into the American industry, including chemical companies.

Fueled by gas

Shale revolution triggered a rise in employment in the industry. Companies using gas in the manufacturing process have expanded, mainly enterprises of the chemical sector. A boom in this sector of the American economy is also connected with the fall in the price of electricity. It is possible thanks to cheaper manufacturing process of energy, also with the use of natural gas. Consequently, the supply chains for the gas industry are contained within the country, without the necessity to import resources from abroad.

New American Dream?

International Energy Agency has forecast that in about 20 years, USA will no longer need to import crude oil or gas, the key fossil fuels. By 2025, about a million new jobs will be created in the mining and excavation businesses and a few million in other sectors of the economy. Exploitation of shale gas deposits is likely to help the American industry save up to 11 billion dollars annually on the cost of electricity and resources.

Read more →

“PUŁAWY” in Blue Gas Program

| Prospects & Investment |

“PUŁAWY” has been active in the process of preparing technologies connected with commercial excavation of shale gas in Poland. We have initiated a project to use the residue from production installations in “PUŁAWY” to fertilize soil destroyed by borehole drilling. We managed to obtain a grant of 11 million PLN from the National Centre for Research and Development for the procedure of manufacturing a recultivating mix for land after shale gas excavation.

In cooperation with Lublin region partners

Azoty Group PUŁAWY is the leader of the project called Blue Gas. Other participants include “Kruszywa Niemce” PLC and representatives of Lublin region scientific circles, Lublin University of Technology, Fertilizer Research Institute in Puławy and the University of Life Sciences in Lublin. On May 23rd 2013 a consortium comprising the enumerated entities signed a cooperation agreement whose goal is to use the waste from shale gas excavations and residue from the plant of biological treatment of waste in our Works to recultivate excavation pits and degraded soil.

Waiting for shale gas

The project has been scheduled for 18 months. Work began in January 2013 and is expected to terminate in June 2014. During the process, “Kruszywa Niemce” PLC is going to run test operations, recultivating a pit after a sand mine on an area of 5 hectares. The total value of the project is 19 million PLN. The idea was received with great approval by the National Centre for Research and Development, which is co-financing the project.

Another use for degraded soil

The key R&D role in the project was adopted by the Environmental Engineering Department at Lublin University of Technology. Currently the excavation waste and used scrubber are picked up from the pit by companies holding licenses for collection of waste materials and transported to companies which obtained decisions allowing for the use of the waste. Solutions proposed by us revolutionize the whole approach to management of this type of waste.

The main result of the project will be effects with regard to technologies connected with environmental engineering. A new method of using waste from test boreholes and from manufacturing processes in Great Chemical Synthesis Works will be born.

Read more →