China’s technologically recoverable shale gas reserves dropped by 6 percent in 2016, the country’s Ministry of Land and Resources said on Saturday, with no new finds of the unconventional resource recorded last year. Reserves stood at 122.41 billion cubic meters at the end of 2016, down from 130.18 Bcm a year earlier, according to a report released by the ministry. Shale gas was the only one of 22 major minerals listed to add zero newly discovered reserves in 2016, although potash was assigned a negative figure, indicating that some previous reserves were written off. The numbers suggest China’s efforts to replicate the North American shale gas revolution and reduce a hefty reliance on energy imports are running out of steam. Almost all of the country’s shale output comes from Sinopec’s Fuling project near Chonqing. Sinopec said in March it plans to boost Fuling’s annual production capacity […]