THE SHALE GAS REVOLUTION – A blessing or a curse? | Friday 24 May 2013 19:00 (Sign-up)

THE SHALE GAS REVOLUTION – A blessing or a curse?

The exploration of unconventional energy sources such as shale gas was made possible by a new technology called hydraulic fracturing or fracking. Wide experimentation in the United States has made exploration of shale resources commercially feasible and brought about the shale (gas) revolution in the United States. According to an article published on 5 May 2013 in the Financial Times, the United States is expected to become a net exporter of gas by 2020 now the Obama administration has expressed its support towards exports. Will and can Europe and/or other parts of the world follow suit? And is this technology safe to use? What are the potential hazards and can they be mitigated sufficiently? Shale gas is also regarded as a game changer for climate change mitigation as it could undermine the use of much more CO2 intensive fossil fuels such as coal. Can shale gas have such an impact? Is shale gas really less CO2 intensive? Shale gas is also regarded as a game changer for the global gas market. Prices in the US are currently a fraction of those in Europe or China. How will shale gas impact the market in Europe?

We have invited three experts with very different backgrounds and perspectives of the topic in an attempt to answer some of the questions above. Please join us May 24th at the Academy Building of the Utrecht University, Domplein 29 in Utrecht.


19:00 – Welcome with coffee and tea

19:30 – Introduction

19:35 – Henk Duyverman – Director at Cuadrilla Resources Netherlands

19:55 – Jeroen de Jode – Gas Coordinator at the Dutch Energy Studies

20:15 – Break

20:30 – Ko van Huissteden – Representing Shale Gas Free Netherlands

20:50 – Discussion

21:30 – Closure

22:00 – Network drinks at Bar Walden

LOCATION: Het Academiegebouw in Utrecht, Domplein 29 in Utrecht.

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Henk will elaborate on the technical aspects of shale gas exploration, its commercial viability and its advantages.

Henk has 30 years of experience in the energy sector, specifically oil and gas. He previously worked for Statoil and Shell in various countries and the Geological Service of the Netherlands within TNO. He holds a PhD degree in Geology from the Open University of England.

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[message_box title=”Jeroen de Joode – Researcher and Gas Coordinator at ECN Policy Studies. ” color=”white”]

Jeroen will discuss the market impact of the shale gas revolution in Europe and the Netherlands, and its role in the transition of the energy sector.

Jeroen has a background in economics (MSc from University of Tilburg in 2003, PhD from Delft University of Technology in 2012) and has been working for the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) since 2004. Before joining ECN he worked for the Netherlands’ Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) and the Dutch Energy Council. His main research interests are the long-term role of gas in energy transition and the functioning and regulation of gas markets. Read more about Jeroen de Joode and his publications here:

[message_box title=”Ko van Huissteden – representing Shale Gas Free Netherlands.” color=”white”]

Ko will bring arguments against the exploration of shale gas, both with respect to social and environmental aspects, as well as its role as a solution to climate change mitigation.

Ko is Chairman of Shale Gas Free Netherlands and associate professor at the VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Earth Science. He holds a PhD in Physical Geography / Quaternary geology from VU University Amsterdam. Ko’s research actvities focus on carbon fluxes from wetlands with an emphasis on measurement and modeling of methane fluxes from permafrost areas at high northern latitudes.

Read more about Ko van Huissteden and Shale Gas Free Netherlands here:[/message_box]


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