UNCONVENTIONAL OIL & GAS FOCUS: Poland shale gas could change European supply mix

Poland's push toward exploration, development, and anticipated production of shale gas appears to have become almost a national mission for the European nation seeking to break its reliance upon conventional Russian natural gas and to eventually become a supplier to the European gas market. Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk suggests Poland will achieve what he calls "gas security" by 2035. He based this projection on Polish state-controlled gas firm PGNiG SA's plans for commercial shale production starting in 2014. "After years of dependence on our large neighbor [Russia], today we can say that my generation will see the day when we will be independent in the area of natura...

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