Poland's first official shale gas estimate due next week will show deposits at 1 trillion cubic metres, a fifth of what had been floated earlier, the country's public TVP television broadcaster said in its Friday evening news bulletin, according to a report.
Warsaw has developed high expectations for
shale gas to reduce Poland's overwhelming reliance on the highly-polluting coal
and Russian gas deliveries since a US energy agency said the country may have
5.3 trillion cubic metres of the commodity.
Poland's centrist cabinet of Prime Minister
Donald Tusk granted more than a 100 shale gas exploration licenses so far,
including to global majors such as Chevron and ExxonMobil, as it tries to
develop a new market on its soil.
"Even if it's less, it will be enough
to satisfy demand of the Polish market for several decades ahead,"
Poland's Treasury Minister Mikolaj Budzanowski also told TVP, according to
Budzanowski has recently made shale gas
exploration a key priority for state-owned companies as Warsaw also hopes for
future budget revenues from production it aims to start at the turn of 2014 and
But environmental concerns have already
lead to a complete ban or temporary suspension on hydraulic fracturing, or
fracking, in some other EU member states, while Brussels discusses risks
stemming from the production.