KUWAIT, April 10 (Reuters) - Kuwait is investigating a plan
to extract shale gas from its northern fields, a Kuwaiti oil
sector official said on Wednesday, estimating that the Gulf Arab
state could produce 150-200 million cubic feet per day under the
OPEC member Kuwait is a major oil producer, with a capacity
of 3 million barrels of oil per day. However its gas production
is relatively low and it depends in part on gas imports to serve
its energy needs.
The official, who spoke to Reuters on the condition of
anonymity, said that if Kuwait goes ahead with the plan it would
work with a company specialised in shale gas production, without
giving further details.
Kuwait's state-owned oil company Kuwait Petroleum Corp was
not immediately available for comment.
Production will depend on the technology available "because
our main problem is that the (gas) reservoir is complex...and
this layer is the most complex," the official said, referring to
the part containing shale gas.
The official declined to give a time frame for when
production could start, saying that there have only been
discussions so far.
Neighbour Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter,
has begun investigating its large unconventional deposits and
their potential for fuelling long-term growth for its booming
It has been inspired by a shale gas surge in the United
States, which has transformed the country from the world's
largest gas importer into a budding exporter.
(Reporting by Ahmed Hagagy; editing by Keiron Henderson)