Today’s proceedings at PETEX will be dominated by the debate on UK shale gas. While we cannot easily answer the social and political questions, we can look at two aspects which will contribute to the debate on technical feasibility and potential.
Firstly, we have the opportunity to benefit from the latest developments in North America. Integrated workflows, which bring together a broad range of geoscience data, have shown great potential for the comprehensive reservoir characterization required to optimize drilling and completion activities in heterogeneous unconventional resource plays.
In 2012 CGG and Baker Hughes announced a strategic alliance to bring their complementary expertise together and develop these workflows. North American success with this approach suggests that early adoption could benefit the assessment of UK unconventional resources.