In the northwestern Turkish province of Bursa, giant shale gas finds have been discovered, said the head of the Turkish Mine Development Foundation Güven Önal.
At the International Energy Raw Materials and Energy Summit (INERMA) Güven Önal announced on Saturday that in the Göynük district of Bursa „several billion tons“ of shale gas were found.
Önal added that the Turkish Directorate for Mineral Research and Exploration is still investigating the reserves. Reserves also include shale gas and hydrocarbon layers. The hydrocarbon can be used to produce gasoline and coal.
Shale gas research is relatively new in Turkey. Önal said that a funding phase has not yet been reached. He added that the country would use the reserves within the next 10 years.
The inhabitants of Göynük, a small town with 15,371 inhabitants, which has preserved its historical and cultural heritage, are not yet aware of its fossil resources, Önal noted.
Several countries, including Luxembourg, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Scotland have banned fracking because of environmental damage caused by the extraction process.