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Title: Impact of shale gas development on regional water resources in China from water footprint assessment view

Abstract

Shale gas production in China could strengthen energy security while cutting CO2 emissions for China. However, the availability of and access to water could become major issue for shale gas development in certain parts of China. This study aims to estimate the water intensity (WI) of shale gas extraction in China, and to examine the impact of regional shale gas development on local water resources, from the water footprint (WF) point of view. Results of this study indicate that WI of shale gas is in the range of 0.3-9.9 kg per m(3) shale gas produced. Fora single well, total WF is 549,994 m(3), includes 35,469 m(3) blue WF and 514.525 m(3) grey WF. A large amount of wastewater generated during gas production is the major impact factor to high grey WF. To achieve 80 billion m(3)/year of shale gas production in 2030, 27-792 million m(3) water will be demanded in that year. Water use for shale gas development will account for 0.03-0.4% and 0.1-1.5% of the local water supply, in the base case and the worst case, respectively. Although a large amount of water will be demand for shale gas production, it will not affect the local water supply significantly.more » (C) 2019 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) - Office of Vehicle Technologies (VTO) - Battery Materials Research (BMR) Program
OSTI Identifier:
1574472
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-06CH11357
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Science of the Total Environment
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 679
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
regional water resources; shale gas; water footprint (WF); water intensity (WI); water quality; water quantity

Citation Formats

Xie, Xiaomin, Zhang, Tingting, Wang, Michael, and Huang, Zheng. Impact of shale gas development on regional water resources in China from water footprint assessment view. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.05.069.
Xie, Xiaomin, Zhang, Tingting, Wang, Michael, & Huang, Zheng. Impact of shale gas development on regional water resources in China from water footprint assessment view. United States. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.05.069.
Xie, Xiaomin, Zhang, Tingting, Wang, Michael, and Huang, Zheng. Tue . "Impact of shale gas development on regional water resources in China from water footprint assessment view". United States. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.05.069.
@article{osti_1574472,
title = {Impact of shale gas development on regional water resources in China from water footprint assessment view},
author = {Xie, Xiaomin and Zhang, Tingting and Wang, Michael and Huang, Zheng},
abstractNote = {Shale gas production in China could strengthen energy security while cutting CO2 emissions for China. However, the availability of and access to water could become major issue for shale gas development in certain parts of China. This study aims to estimate the water intensity (WI) of shale gas extraction in China, and to examine the impact of regional shale gas development on local water resources, from the water footprint (WF) point of view. Results of this study indicate that WI of shale gas is in the range of 0.3-9.9 kg per m(3) shale gas produced. Fora single well, total WF is 549,994 m(3), includes 35,469 m(3) blue WF and 514.525 m(3) grey WF. A large amount of wastewater generated during gas production is the major impact factor to high grey WF. To achieve 80 billion m(3)/year of shale gas production in 2030, 27-792 million m(3) water will be demanded in that year. Water use for shale gas development will account for 0.03-0.4% and 0.1-1.5% of the local water supply, in the base case and the worst case, respectively. Although a large amount of water will be demand for shale gas production, it will not affect the local water supply significantly. (C) 2019 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.},
doi = {10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.05.069},
journal = {Science of the Total Environment},
number = ,
volume = 679,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {8}
}