Analysts unmoved by China’s latest shale gas auction delay

China's decision to delay its second tender for shale gas blocks came as no surprise to analysts, who expect further holdups as Beijing attempts to draft a viable strategy for tapping its vaunted shale resources
By James Byrne and Colin Shek 21 August 2012
Breitling Oil and Gas is shooting seismic on some of China’s shales. (Breitling Oil and Gas)

Confirmation last week that China will delay its second tender for shale gas blocks came as no surprise to analysts, who expect further holdups as Beijing attempts to draft a viable strategy for tapping its vaunted shale resources.

In the latest setback, China’s Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR) confirmed to Interfax last week it would delay the licensing round until September.

“This auction has been delayed repeatedly, and progress was already undoubtedly slow,” Simon Powell, CLSA’s head of oil and gas for Asia, told Interfax.

“In the past 10 years,...

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