Poland, Europe's shale gas pioneer, expects companies to drill at least 41 more wells this year to shed more light on the country's gas potential.
The environment ministry, which has granted 111 rights to drill for shale gas to companies including Chevron and Exxon Mobil, also said on Friday there were "a few tens" of new requests for exploration licences awaiting approval.
"The more wells we make in a short period of time, the faster we will get a confirmation of our forecasts regarding shale gas resources," it said. Analysts have said that to get a clear picture of the size and quality of shale gas reserves in Poland at least 100 wells must be drilled.
Poland has pegged its recoverable shale gas reserves at 346-768 billion cubic metres, below an earlier estimate of 5.3 trillion by the U.S. Energy Information Association, dashing hopes the country could become one of Europe's larg