Gas from shale has flooded the U.S. market, providing 20 pct of supply and squashing prices. Rock-derived oil, by contrast, may add only about 4.5 pct to global supply by 2020. But that would still cover the expected rise in Chinese demand and help keep a lid on crude inflation.
Oil & Gas
Buying a piece of Frac Tech, a U.S. gas services company, for a mooted $2.2 billion would be a savvy move by China’s national energy majors. Frac Tech’s drilling technology should be easy to copy, and could help China unlock 140 years of gas supplies. The strategic benefits justify a premium price tag.