A new life for gas opening
1 December 2003
The signing of an upstream deal between two European majors and Saudi Aramco represents a milestone in the long-delayed opening of Saudi Arabia’s gas sector, writes James Gavin
Seeking export outlets
1 November 2003
Uzbekistan has bold plans to expand output and exports. Shafkat Mazhitov, the chief executive of the state-owned oil and gas company, Uzbekneftegaz, says gas exports will grow to 20bn cubic metres a year (cm/y) by 2020. Last year, exports amounted to 7.3bn cm, Derek Brower reports
Gearing up to meet US demand
1 November 2003
With the green light given by the government for a fourth train at Atlantic LNG (ALNG), Trinidad and Tobago has committed no less than 85.5% of its proved reserves to liquefied natural gas (LNG) production. The four trains will utilise 17.8 trillion cubic feet (cf) of proved reserves of 20.8 trillion cf, writes David Renwick
Taking the vast train
1 November 2003
The trend towards ever-bigger LNG trains could bring about a fourfold production boost by 2020, predicts ExxonMobil’s chairman. Meanwhile, despite years of planning, floating LNG technology, to exploit remote offshore gas reserves, remains hung up on a range of issues. Nigel Ash reports
Embracing the global market
1 November 2003
Barriers are crumbling as liquefied natural gas (LNG) occupies a commanding position among the near-term solutions to shrinking conventional supplies in the US. WJ Simpson reports
Powering ahead
1 November 2003
Driven by strong Asian demand and booming US imports, LNG is attracting oil majors eager to grab a slice of the gas sector’s most lucrative action. Global LNG trade grew by 8% in the first half of 2003 and analysts expect LNG to continue its recent rapacious growth over the next few years. James Gavin reports
Gas market snowballing
1 November 2003
Southern approaches
1 October 2003
Rampant natural gas demand growth in southern Europe is underpinning a raft of developments feeding the Mediterranean basin. LNG is shaping up as a major competitor to traditional pipeline gas supplies, as North African producers plan a surge in exports, writes James Gavin
Reality bites
1 October 2003
Price blocks LNG progress
1 August 2003
Until pipeline imports become a reality, LNG offers the only near-term solution to India’s pressing gas shortage. But for the gas market to flourish, significant government intervention is needed. Amanda Burton reports
Supply crisis looms
1 July 2003
US demand for natural gas is rising fast, driven by the power generation sector. But with storage levels at their lowest since records began and a declining reserves to production ratio in Canada, the US’ main supplier, short- and long-term solutions are needed. WJ Simpson reports
Fulfilling the potential for gas
1 July 2003
The international gas community met in Japan last month still confident that the fuel will satisfy a growing part of the world’s energy needs in this century. On the upside, talk of increased demand, particularly from new markets, appears to justify this optimism. However, supply security, regulatory issues and ways of financing new projects are giving cause for concern. David Townsend reports
Sakhalin: a big step forward
1 July 2003
Royal Dutch/Shell and its partners in the Sakhalin Energy consortium gave their backing to the $10bn second phase of the integrated oil and gas project in Russia’s far east in May. Shell’s investment is run by its gas and power division, which has a new chief executive. Malcolm Brinded spoke to David Townsend
Gas growth set to continue
1 July 2003
South Korea consolidated its position as the world’s second-largest importer of LNG, after Japan, last year and the sixth-largest importer of natural gas, both pipeline and LNG. That is no mean feat for a country whose total natural gas imports are in the form of LNG. Derek Bamber reports