The Great Gas Reconfiguration: Pipe-dream or Reality?
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13th March 2018

The Great Gas Reconfiguration: Pipe-dream or Reality?

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The Great Gas Reconfiguration: Pipe-dream or Reality?

The major oil & gas companies are looking to gas for growth. In the U.S. fracking has unleashed an energy revolution. The UK government quietly aspires to the same. The eastern Mediterranean’s Zohr field has come into production and the go ahead for the Leviathan gasfield is expected this year. Global demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) roughly doubled over the past decade to 258m tonnes last year and the world’s largest floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility has arrived at its location. Demand for gas in India continues to grow, and Beijing is targeting an increase in natural gas usage from 5.9% in 2015 to 15% by 2030. Meanwhile, gas demand in Europe is 12 percent lower than it was 10 years ago and the cost of renewables has come down making them an attractive source of clean energy in a carbon constrained world. The question is whether the great gas reconfiguration is a long-term reality amongst all the fast moving variables? This Forum brought together expert corporate leaders, asset managers and academics for an informed, stimulating and productive discussion on the global prospects for gas within the wider energy mix.

Topics covered

  • Will the global supply of gas exceed demand for the forseeable future?
  • What impact will the lower cost of shale gas drilling have on the price of oil?
  • Will the UK onshore industry take off in 2018?
  • Has the time come for a global gas price?
  • Could the price of coal go up?
  • Is there sufficient infrastructure to support the increasing levels of gas arriving in Europe?
  • Can the cost of long-distance LNG be reduced?
  • How is the rest of the world’s LNG interfacing with Europe?
  • Can gas margins compete with alternative sources of energy?
  • Is natural gas the answer to decarbonizing the world?
  • Could renewable energy grow faster than expected?
  • Could the EU succeed at blocking Gazprom’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline?
  • What geopolitical ramifications will we see from a re-configured global energy mix?

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