The global shale gas market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 14.4% between 2015 and 2022. In North America, most of the shale gas is consumed in power generation applications which accounted for about 36% in 2015.
Shale gas refers to unconventional natural gas, trapped in the shale formation, which is derived by hydraulic fracturing process. Shale gas is emerging as an ideal energy source, owing to its abundancy, low carbon foot print and comparatively low price than conventional energy source such as natural gas, coal, nuclear and hydro.
However, the issue of water scarcity due to hydraulic fracturing technique may hamper its production.
In end user segment, power generation and industrial sector jointly accounted for about two-third of the shale gas market in 2015, and is projected to maintain this position throughout the forecast period.
The growth of these segments is attributed to preferred use of shale gas for power generation due to its abundant availability and cost effective nature. However, in terms of volume, industrial sector is projected to be the fastest growing segment with a CAGR of 13.3%.
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The global shale gas market is gaining competitive advantage as the key companies are focusing on acquisition to expand their regional presence in the emerging countries and increasing the exploration and extraction of shale gas market. The key companies profiled in this report include, Baker Hughes Incorporation, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, BHP Billiton Limited, Royal Dutch Shell, ConcoPhillips, ExxonMobil & Chesapeake Energy Corporation.
The significant number of shale reserves all over the globe and the competitive price of shale gas are key factors, which supplements the growth of the shale gas market. However, shale gas is currently being produced only in U.S.A., Canada, and China.
The hydraulic fracturing method of shale gas extraction could create water scarcity; hence, the governments of some countries like Argentina and France have banned hydraulic fracturing process in some areas of the country. Again, shale gas production is not yet started in Europe, due to the unstructured regulatory framework of many European countries.
Key Findings of Shale Gas Market:
- The North American shale gas market is expected to maintain its foothold in the market throughout the analysis period registering a CAGR of 12.6%, in terms of revenue.
- In Asia-Pacific shale gas market, power generation accounted for the highest consumption of about 37% in 2015, and it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 45.5%.
- Residential and commercial sector collectively accounted for 34% share in global shale gas market revenue in 2015.
- The European shale gas market revenue for transportation application is projected to grow at a CAGR of 68.5%.
- The U.S. was the largest shale gas producer followed by Canada and China in 2015.
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