London, UK (PRWEB UK) 30 March 2012

Shale Oil Deposits.ISSoil_110218.png.cmsWhat would spark an increase in production?

High oil prices could spur the development of oil shale.
Constrained oil supplies
Uncertainty eg war or oil embargos
Additional revenue stream from shale oil projects e.g. cosmetic ingredients, cement,
uranium and phosphate for fertilisers.

And as OPEC oil is expected to continue to dominate the oil markets, countries with oil shale reserves may be keen to develop, at least some domestic supply.

Which countries have the highest reserves?

The US has by far and away the most shale oil reserves, but the recent proposal would reduce the area of land available until the industry proves commercial development to be “technically viable and environmentally safe.” *

It is worth noting though, that the proposal does not refer to all the oil produced from shale, mainly oil-shale. Other countries with fewer reserves, but commercial shale oil production are Brazil, Estonia and China.

Countries ranked by oil shale resources:

Country    In place resources (million barrels)

USA         3,706,825

China         354,430

Russia        247,883

Congo         100,000

Brazil         82,000

Italy             73,000

Morocco     53,381

Jordan         35,172

Australia     31,729

Estonia         16,286

Source: used by permission of the World Energy Council, London, 2008

Over the coming years the development of the industry will be challenged by other sources of oil; fluctuating prices; environmental opposition and environmental legislations including water usage. But with oil prices projected to remain high and the additional revenue streams available for oil shale, the high production costs may be justified.

To see the full picture and to obtain detailed statistics on global oil reserves by country and

company, visit NRG Expert and view:

Global Oil Reserves & Shale Oil Report 2012.

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Edgar van der Meer

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