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Shale Gas and its Climate Change Impact - Malaysia

Date From: 12 January 2016
Location: Malaysia
Description: Evening meeting in Kuala Lumpur, with presentation by Dr. Cheng Seong Khor, organised by IChemE's Oil and Natural Gas Special Interest Group in Malaysia.
Event Type: Special Interest Groups
Venue: University of Nottingham Teaching Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Book Event

An evening event with technical presentation by Dr. Cheng Seong Khor, and time for networking over refreshments. Registration from 18:00; the event will commence at 18:30 and close at 20:30.

This event is open to all. To encourage more participants and members, attendance at the event is free of charge and open to all. Bring along your colleagues working in the upstream oil and gas industry in Malaysia, and introduce them to the Oil & Natural Gas Special Interest Group (SONG) and to IChemE.

Advance booking is essential. Register now >>


Shale gas production has revolutionised energy markets in the US, reducing energy costs and contributing to industrial competitiveness, energy security, and employment. The international impact is already significant. The US Energy Information Administration has initially estimated the world’s technically recoverable shale gas resources at over 7,000 trillion cubic feet (one trillion equals 1012), or 47% of world conventional natural gas resources.

Shale gas resources are widely spread across the globe and, not surprisingly, there is great interest in the economic potential for developing shale gas more widely. Governments will rightly pay attention to the economic potential of shale gas. But they should not yet take its realisation for granted. The jury is still out on whether other countries, with different industrial, regulatory, and geological conditions can emulate the US and achieve similar transformations. Governments will also face challenges in exploiting the perceived—but not yet proven—potential of more plentiful and secure energy supplies in a way that is consistent with national and international climate mitigation goals.

The focus of this presentation is on the potentially wide-ranging but as yet uncertain implications of shale gas for climate change. On the positive side, shale gas could displace significant amounts of coal as an energy source in some large emitting economies such as China and Poland. This would have significant mitigation benefits since, provided that methane emissions during production are minimised, when shale gas is burned it is roughly half as carbon intensive for each unit of energy generated. On the other hand, major government incentives for and investments in shale gas production and gas generation may lock in significant carbon emissions for many decades to come. They could also impact negatively on innovation in and the development and deployment of the even lower carbon options, including nuclear power, renewables and energy efficiency, required to limit climate risks. Provided that these risks are addressed, shale gas development will not necessarily represent a negative for climate mitigation over the next two decades, and could be positive, particularly if it significantly reduces the use of coal globally.


Dr. Cheng Seong Khor obtained his Ph.D in chemical engineering from Imperial College London as a Commonwealth scholar specialising in the area of process systems engineering addressing the development of sustainable energy and water systems. He holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering and a certificate in university teaching from University of Waterloo, Canada. He completed his undergraduate studies in chemical engineering at the National University of Malaysia. He was a senior lecturer in the Chemical Engineering Department of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP).

He has also been involved in several consultancy projects and studies on systems wide assessment for greenhouse gas emissions reduction using low-carbon technological options. He has more than 30 publications in peer-reviewed research journals and as book chapters and monographs as well as policy-oriented papers. He has delivered over 25 presentations at international and local conferences. He is currently an engineer with a major integrated oil and gas company based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is an IChemE associate member and an associate of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia.


The event will take place at the
University of Nottingham Teaching Centre,
Level 2, Chulan Tower,
No 3 Jalan Conlay,
Kuala Lumpur 50450, Malaysia.
Map and directions >>


IChemE gratefully acknowledges:

University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham's sponsorship of SONG events through provision of its venue facilities free of charge. 

MMI logo

MMI Engineering, for sponsoring the refreshments at this event.


This event is free of charge and open to all. Advance booking is essential.
Register now >>

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