Natural gas plays key role in energy transition
DOHA: Qatargas CEO, Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani, has underscored the significance of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a destination fuel in the future of energy, playing a major role in the ‘energy transition’ the world is embarking on.
The Qatargas CEO was speaking at a ‘CEO Conclave’ titled ‘Shaping the New Energy World’ held as part of the 13th International Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition – Petrotech 2019, organised by the Indian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, in New Delhi, from 10 to 12 February 2019.
Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani said, “Natural gas remains the fastest growing fossil fuel globally, benefiting from its flexibility, competitive economics, and low emissions profile. Thus, natural gas is called to play a major role in the energy transition, supported by the industrialisation and power demand particularly in emerging countries in Asia and Africa, and the continued ‘coal to gas’ switch, especially in India and China.”
He noted that the energy demand would continue to grow driven by emerging economies and the projected growth in global population, which will touch nine billion by 2040. LNG demand is expected to increase at an average four per cent annually to reach more than 600m tonnes in 2035 versus 290m tonnes in 2017. In view of this, more LNG projects are required to cover the existing and projected demand for clean fuels. He reiterated Qatar’s contribution to this increase of LNG supply through the addition of another 33m tonnes per annum (Mtpa) to its existing capacity of 77 Mtpa to take the country’s overall production capacity to 110 Mtpa by next decade.
Thanks to its low carbon emission profile, natural gas is the ideal complement to renewable, he added. In countries like India where coal plays a major role (60 percent of energy for power), natural gas is a good substitute for oil, ensuring cleaner air and thus improving the standard of living. The CEO encouraged the Indian government to create a conducive environment for the increased use of this clean fossil fuel through a “top down” push for an enhancement of gas distribution infrastructure as well as reform of the applicable regulation and taxation.