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While it is useful to question if UK shale is going to be viable, examining how to make it happen is what matters. The upcoming licence round, increasing support from the UK Government, growing investment from overseas investors and strengthening resource estimates, mean UK shale is closer than ever to being fully explored and validated. However, the general election next year, rising public opposition and limited domestic fracturing expertise, mean there are still significant barriers that need overcome; all of which operators are rapidly and energetically addressing to make sure the UK can fully exploit its wealth of onshore unconventional resources.
MISSION OF THE EVENT
DEVELOPING REALISTIC, ACTIONABLE STRATEGIES FOR DRIVING THE UK SHALE INDUSTRY TOWARDS COMMERCIAL VIABILITY
Being the UK's most action-focused conference and the first of it's kind in 2012, the UK Shale Congress: Making It Happen has been working with operators, government and suppliers to help drive forward progress from the very beginning. This year's congress has been yet again re-researched to reflect the rapidly changing industry dynamics and deliver insights on the most current and urgent issues facing operators today.
No one expects a silver bullet to make shale gas happen in the UK, but there are a number of critical barriers that need to be practically addressed to ensure the next steps are taken towards commerciality. The UK Shale Congress 2014: Making It Happen has been designed to address these factors in detail, one by one, to find solutions at each stage:
PROGRESS FACTOR 1 - ATTAINING GOVERNMENTAL SUPPORT: Understanding the practicalities of both immediate and post-election governmental shale support to assess the sustainability of regulatory backing for UK shale and how it will materialize over the next 4 years
PROGRESS FACTOR 2 - GAINING LAND ACCESS: How to build relationships with local councils and landowners to achieve planning permission for key exploration sites
PROGRESS FACTOR 3 - WINNING PUBLIC ACCEPTANCE : How to get it and keep it- bringing the public on board by creating factual solutions for dismissing myths, educating the public and gaining mission-critical support
PROGRESS FACTOR 4 - CREATING A SUPPLY CHAIN NETWORK: Developing an unconventional supply chain network to support shale development in the UK to ensure that once commercial shale is proven, there will be no delay in extraction
PROGRESS FACTOR 5 - VALIDATING THE RESOURCE: Assessing the latest depositional, seismicity and flow data to validate the resource and developing fracking and environmental operational plans for fully exploiting the resource
PROGRESS FACTOR 6 - ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING: Examining cost effective strategies for commercial-scale water and waste management in UK shale plays to maintain environmentally acceptable operations throughout development
For more information please visit: http://www.shale-uk-2014.com