China’s fracking future: challenges ahead

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Published: Monday, 25 March 2013

As Chinese thirst for energy continues unabated, its shale oil and gas potential, liberated by hydraulic fracturing (fracking), would appear to be the ideal solution. But, as Vasili Nicoletopoulos asks, how will it overcome numerous legislative, political and environmental concerns?

By Vasili Nicoletopoulos

China is already the world’s largest energy consumer and that thirst for power is only going to continue to grow.

Energy consumption increased by 136% between 2001 and 2011, driven by average growth in GDP of 10.5%/year between 2007 and 2011.

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