International Energy Agency (IEA) has developed a web application that shows production of three unconventional gas types: shale gas, tight gas and coalbed methane. IEA application is in the form of an interactive map. By selecting one of 21 countries users get access to production data from 1990 to 2012 presented by gas type.
Besides Poland, the map provides information on the largest unconventional gas producing countries – the USA, Canada and Russia. Natural gas production history in countries with extensive exploration projects – Argentina, Australia and China – is also available.
In 2012, USA were the leading unconventional gas producer (460.485 Bcm), of which shale gas represented almost 60% (275.171 Bcm), followed by Canada (79.226 Bcm) and Russia (21.571 Bcm). China is just behind the “big three” with 13.441 Bcm of unconventional gas produced in 2012.
According to IEA, Poland produced 0.664 Bcm of unconventional gas (mainly coalbed methane and tight gas) in 2012.
IEA's application is based on data provided by Rystad Energy AS (2014), U.S. Energy Information Administration (2014) and Cedigaz (2013). Moreover, IEA used estimates by Canada's National Energy Board (NEB), as presented in the report “Canada’s Energy Future 2013 – Energy Supply and Demand Projections to 2035”. In the case of Poland, the initial non-commercial production of shale gas was included in the application.