April 2013

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: Asia-Pacific natural gas market transformation

Amid the Asia-Pacific region’s growing reliance on imports, a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) identifies obstacles and opportunities for establishing a gas market that reflects ..

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Amid the Asia-Pacific region’s growing reliance on imports, a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) identifies obstacles and opportunities for establishing a gas market that reflects supply/demand fundamentals. Asia-Pacific is expected to become the world’s second-largest gas market by 2015. And yet this market is dominated by long-term contracts in which the price of gas is linked, or indexed, to that of oil. In recent years, this has helped keep Asian gas prices much higher than those in other parts of the world (Fig. 1), leading to serious questions about the sustainability of the system and its effects on Asian competitiveness.     FIG. 1. R

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