Rising annual local demand for energy will force Algeria to develop its shale gas deposits – an economic expert Mustafa Muqaidish revealed in a recent interview.
Speaking to El-Khabar – a popular Algerian daily – Mr Muqaidish said that the rising population and an increased appetite for energy will necessitate further development of energy sources, including alternative and unconventional energy. With an estimated 707 trillion cf of technically recoverable shale gas resources, Algeria ranks third in the world in terms of shale gas reserves.
Another reason why Algeria should look towards its shale deposits is the fact that the country relies heavily on energy exports to cover the expenses of the government’s economic programs, of completing the basal facilities, and covering the cost of social programs and wages. In order to meet these costs, Algeria’s energy exports mustn’t fall below 60 billion cubic meters (just over 2 trillion cf) per year.
According to Mr Muqaidish, the difficulty in shale exploration in Algeria is not associated with environmental concerns which, he believes, can be controlled and avoided. The challenge lies rather in high excavation, production and extraction costs associated with exploring energy from tight formations such as shale.
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