UPDATE 2-Total to do test drilling for shale gas in Denmark

Fri Jul 4, 2014 9:13am EDT
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* Plans test drilling in Denmark in Dec or Jan

* Separate permit need for hydraulic fracking

* Plans to explore for shale gas in UK, Russia

* Europe remains split on shale gas exploration (Adds detail)

By Nerijus Adomaitis

OSLO, July 4 (Reuters) - Total plans to drill Denmark's first test wells for shale gas in December or January, the French energy firm said on Friday, following its deals to explore for unconventional hydrocarbons in Britain and Russia.

Faced with France's ban on exploring for shale gas at home, Total is emerging as one of the most active oil and gas majors betting on a U.S.-style shale boom in Europe.

Total said it planned to conduct test drilling in Denmark for three months.

"If the results are positive, a test using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) will be carried out in 2015," a spokeswoman for the firm said in an email.   Continued...