New BCG e-Book Explores the Rise of Shale Gas Through Multiple Lenses – Pennenergy

BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired – Oct 9, 2014) – The shale gas revolution has reshaped the U.S. energy landscape and delivered a host of related economic benefits. Other countries could experience the same as growing numbers seek to develop the shale resources within their borders. The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) explores this possibility and other aspects of the shale revolution in a new e-book, The Ongoing Rise of Shale Gas: The Largest Revolution the Energy Landscape Has Seen in Two Decades, which is being released today.

The e-book, aimed at a broad range of readers, including industry players and policy makers, brings together several of BCG’s best articles into a single volume and examines the shale gas revolution through a variety of lenses:

“The Great, Global Shale-Gas Development Race: Where to Focus Commercial Resources” discusses the “second wave” of shale gas development that BCG believes will take place — outside of North America — over the next five years. The prize could be quantities of abundant, low-cost natural gas an order of magnitude greater than those available in North America.

“Shale Gas: Ten Levers to Ensure Safe and Effective Development” offers a blueprint for policy makers seeking to develop their countries’ resources in the face of sizable challenges. The article details ten levers, spanning such issues as licensing, fiscal policy, and water treatment and disposal.

“The U.S. as One of the Developed World’s Lowest-Cost Manufacturers: Beyond the American Export Surge” explores the nascent renaissance in U.S. manufacturing, including the critical contributing role being played by the country’s growing supply of low-cost natural gas.

“How Cheap Natural Gas Benefits the Budgets of U.S. Households” focuses on the direct impact of cheap natural gas on U.S. consumers. The impact is, in fact, significant: BCG estimates that the average U.S. household is already saving anywhere from $425 to $725 per year because of lower energy costs that can be attributed to domestically recovered shale gas.

“Natural-Gas-Liquid Derivatives: The Energy Tsunami’s Next Wave” looks at the shale gas revolution’s impact on natural-gas-liquid derivatives, such as ethylene, propylene, and butadiene. The new market dynamics and higher price volatility have significant implications for petrochemicals and other industries.

“The Future of Petrochemicals in Europe: Continuous Retreat or Rising Profitability?” assesses the challenges facing Europe’s petrochemical companies and what these businesses must do to if they hope to emerge successful. One of the topics examined is the significant price advantage enjoyed by U.S. petrochemical players over their European counterparts in the sourcing of feedstock — a direct effect of the shale gas revolution.

“Britain’s Bowland Shale: What Next?” weighs in on the debate in the UK about whether the country should seek to exploit its shale reserves.

A copy of the e-book can be downloaded at

To arrange an interview with one of BCG’s experts on shale gas, please contact Eric Gregoire at +1 617 850 3783 or

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