11 July 2012 20:51 [Source: ICIS news]
(updates throughout with comments from Wintershall CEO Rainer Seele)
CEO Rainer Seele said that fracking technologies used to drill for tight gas should not be confused with fracking for shale gas.
In fact, Wintershall has been producing tight gas in Lower Saxony for more than 30 years with the help of fracking - as well as in the
The company makes sure that it does not use fracking in water protection regions, and so far there has been no incident of water contamination because of fracking in
As for potential shale gas production in
Shale gas production requires much more water and a much higher use of chemical additives than tight gas, Seele said.
“Not everything that is possible is realistic or even desirable,” he added.
For the time being, Wintershall will only conduct geological research at two shale gas regions in North-Rhine Westphalia state, but there will be no deep-drilling and no fracking, Seele said.
“This is important research to have a basis for a reasonable discussion whether future production of shale gas can make commercial and ecological sense,” he said.
Last week, BASF executive board member Harald Schwager said that BASF is considering shale gas opportunities in
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