BY SIMON HALL
SINGAPORE—Royal Dutch Shell said it may be less than two years away from a major advance in shale gas production in China, bringing the country closer to being the first outside of North America to cash in on technology that has transformed the U.S. energy industry.
Unlocking the gas trapped inside China’s shale rock reserves, the world’s biggest, would provide much needed energy supplies to the energy-hungry economy and help cut down on expensive imports of gas. It would also provide a windfall for Western energy giants that provide the complex hydraulic fracturing technology.
Shell is on track to have …
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