Owners of prospective U.K. shale acreage reportedly spurned interest from four of the world's...

|By:, SA News Editor

Owners of prospective U.K. shale acreage reportedly spurned interest from four of the world's oil majors - Exxon (XOM), Shell (RDS.A), Total (TOT) and Statoil (STO) - in favor of a deal with Centrica (CPYYF.PK) due to its perceived ability to more easily maneuver through political risks. The deal highlights the growing interest in U.K. shale gas reserves even though it's not known if gas can be commercially produced from the license area.