Poland’s shale exploration most advanced of all EU countries – minister says

Drilling rig with an oil worker
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Poland’s Deputy Environment Minister, Slawomir Brodzinski, has said that, despite many foreign investors leaving the country, Poland’s shale exploration is at the most advanced stage of all EU countries.

Speaking at the Shale Gas Europe conference, Mr Brodzinski announced that currently there are 59 active licenses for the exploration of shale gas in the country, with additional 40 applications waiting the the Ministry’s approval.

He noted, however, that it is difficult at this stage to determine when and how many applications will pass the complex verification procedure of the Ministry.

He also reminded the delegates that so far there have been 67 shale gas wells drilled out of which 25 were hydraulically fractured.

Mr Brodzinski said when it comes to shale gas exploration, Poland looks favourably when compared to other EU countries. It has the highest number of shale wells in Europe, the highest number of completed fracking procedures, the greatest administrative experience in handling shale extraction, and the highest level of social support for shale gas.

He also noted that shale investors in Poland are increasingly committed to exploration; “We have seen fewer empty promises and more concrete actions” he said.

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