NRG Expert’s in-depth analysis of the global natural gas market confirms that natural gas is becoming an increasingly attractive fuel for power generation and transportation. UK) 3 October 2012
Natural gas on the rise – key findings:
Further highlights from research:
Supplies of natural gas not constrained
Supplies of natural gas are not constrained, due to the glut of shale gas in the North American market. The cost of producing shale gas has been declining due to advances in hydraulic fracking. However, low gas prices have made some fields less profitable. While global natural gas prices are projected to rise, natural gas producers are looking for alternative sources of revenue as well, to ensure profitability, if natural gas prices for electricity and heat generation fluctuate.
Transportation fuel substitutes such as a drop-in fuel and compressed natural gas (CNG) are being used commercially. The drop-in fuel being produced by Sasol and Shell is a diesel substitute and thus restricted to diesel cars. CNG is also mainly used by vehicles that don’t travel long distances such as public buses or on predictable routes such as trucks.
The use of natural gas liquids (NGLs) for petrochemical production has grown
The use of natural gas liquids (NGLs) for petrochemical production has grown in major natural gas markets such as the US and the Middle East, especially Qatar. As natural gas liquids prices are relatively high, but comparatively lower than oil, it is a viable alternative to oil. In the US, chemical companies have announced plans to locate plants close to shale gas fields or natural gas pipelines.
Natural gas markets becoming more international
Traditionally the natural gas market has been regional, and to a large extent still is, with most natural gas transported via pipelines and sold via long-term oil-linked contracts. As newer markets have been created for natural gas and demand has grown in geographically isolated countries, the market for liquefied natural gas (LNG) has grown considerably in order to transport natural gas over longer distances.
A more international market has been developing. Additional LNG trade routes are expected in the mid-to-long term as Canada and the US become net exporters of LNG gas. Other countries such as Australia are expected to become major exporters, with others losing their market share. Likewise net importing countries may increase domestic production of unconventional natural gas, reducing their import demand. Overall it appears that demand is growing for natural gas
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