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  • Industry: Energy & Natural Resources, Oil & Gas
  • Date: 5/11/2012

Shale Gas - The Verdict is in: Factors and issues affecting M&A in the shale gas sector with special focus on the U.S., Argentina and China 

Shale Gas – Global M&A Trends zeroes in on factors and issues affecting M&A in the shale gas sector. We focus on M&A trends in the three countries: Argentina, China and the United States.
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Over the past several years, many energy analysts have said that shale gas could revolutionize the energy industry as a low-cost, carbon-friendly alternative to traditional fuel. Further, shale gas is poised to supply a rising population of the world’s energy needs.


This KPMG report zeros in on the factors and issues affecting M&A in the shale gas sector, with special focus on M&A trends in the three countries with the larger known recoverable reserves - the U.S., Argentina and China. And, as the report argues, the U.S., Argentina and China are at quite different stages in shale gas development, specifically:


  • In the U.S., a maturing shale gas industry is seeing consolidation, repositioning and the entry of new domestic and foreign investors into the sector.
  • Argentina is on the cusp of large-scale production, and its local producers are looking for joint venture partners to help develop the industry’s tremendous potential.
  • China is exploring its sizeable reserves, seeking equipment and know-how through international partnerships.

In a world of rising energy prices, pressure to reduce harmful emissions and geopolitical instability, each of these countries has a huge stake in developing its shale gas production and distribution capabilities -- and changing the game for decades to come.

 

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