May 2002

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World energy consumption is projected to increase 60% from 1999 to 2020. In the recently released International Energy Outlook 2002 from EIA (www.eia.doe.gov), global energy use is fore..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

World energy consumption is projected to increase 60% from 1999 to 2020. In the recently released International Energy Outlook 2002 from EIA (www.eia.doe.gov), global energy use is forecast to grow from 382 quadrillion Btu in 1999 to 612 quadrillion Btu in 2020. The fastest growing source of energy consumption is projected to be natural gas. Over the 21-year forecast period, gas use is expected to nearly double, reaching 162 trillion cubic feet in 2020. Natural gas use surpassed coal use (on a Btu basis) for the first time in 1999. By 2020, it is expected to exceed coal use by 38%. The natural gas share of total energy

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