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East Mediterranean Natural Gas Markets-2023: in Search of Development Pathways

January 2024 – 50 pages PDF format
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Amidst the gas supply crisis aftermath in Europe and with global spot gas prices remaining in the double-digit range for the past years, the EastMed natural gas sector has been attracting growing attention from major producers, investors, and potential gas buyers. With vast reserves amounting to trillions of cubic meters, the EastMed countries hold the potential to bolster their own energy security and expand global gas export capabilities alleviating pressure in the tight gas market.

The latest CEDIGAZ report “East Mediterranean Natural Gas Markets-2023: in Search of Development Pathways” authored by Alexander Kislov and Gina Cohen, presents a thorough analysis of the development of the EastMed natural gas province, examining the most recent advancements in Egypt, Israel, Türkiye, Cyprus, Jordan, and Lebanon, and perspectives of new large-scale gas exports projects.  While the future of the EastMed natural gas province is contingent on various factors, the detailed information and complete data presented in the report provide an opportunity to outline the potential outcomes and contours of the EastMed puzzle.

Underground Gas Storage in the World - 2023 Status

January 2024 – 53 pages PDF format
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The CEDIGAZ 2023 report highlights significant shifts in the global gas market, with a 1.3% increase in Underground Gas Storage (UGS) capacity, driven by the global gas crisis. Major contributors include China and Europe, with a focus on expanding storage in rapidly developing markets like the Middle East. The report notes a 20% growth in UGS projects in 2022, reflecting the sector's growing importance in natural gas supply security.

The global energy crisis, especially due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, has reshaped the gas market, leading to more flexible and price-sensitive LNG trade. Governments globally are focusing more on natural gas security, introducing stricter storage regulations and strategic LNG reserves. Japan proposed an international cooperation framework to enhance LNG security.

Europe's RePowerEU plan, a response to Russian aggression, seeks to lessen reliance on Russian fossil fuels, mandating higher gas storage levels. In 2022, storage exceeded EU regulations, reaching 95% by November. Other regions, including Ukraine, the US, China, and the Middle East, are also advancing in UGS, adapting to their specific market needs.

Russian gas in Europe: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow.

July 2023 - 55 pages PDF format
Non Member160 €

An in-depth analysis of recent developments and prospects in Europe-Russia gas relations

With quality information from Russia getting increasingly scarce, the Russian natural gas market has become more and more of a black box. In its latest report “Russian gas in Europe: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. An in-depth analysis of recent developments and prospects in Europe-Russia gas relations”, CEDIGAZ tracks the unprecedented changes between glorious “yesterday” (2018-2021), gloomy “today” (2022-Q1 2023) of Russian gas (both pipeline and LNG) in Europe, including the evolution of the European countries’ dependence on Russian gas, using data still available. The report also discusses possible futures for Russian gas in Europe after 2023 (“tomorrow”) – given new inputs, including selected pipeline export routes limitations, the Turkish natural gas hub initiative, and Russian LNG project developments.

Russian gas in Europe: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow - An in-depth analysis of recent developments and prospects in Europe-Russia gas relations. Author: Alexander Kislov – PDF – 55 pages.


April 2023 – 71 pages PDF format
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The global biomethane or renewable natural gas industry grew by 23% in 2022 and has potential to surpass 100 billion cubic meters by 2030 with appropriate policies. Energy security concerns, climate change urgency, and methane emission reduction focus have led to new incentivizing policies stimulating investment in the RNG sector. Biomethane is being adopted across sectors worldwide to decarbonize and respond to ESG concerns, and transportation represented half of global demand growth in 2021. The sector has seen unprecedented investment, with European energy majors and financial investors creating dedicated biomethane business units, highlighting biomethane's attributes and exponential growth.

Underground Gas Storage in the World - 2022 Status

November 2022 - 45 pages PDF format
Non Member750 €

This annual report assesses underground gas storage (UGS) in the world at the end of 2021. It is based and complemented by a comprehensive online database, including detailed statistical information on current and future capacities for the 667 UGS facilities in operation in the world and the 166 UGS projects under construction, planned or potential. Altogether, the database includes 51 countries. The database also includes information on closed, mothballed and inactive UGS facilities, as well as the expansion stages of UGS facilities, when this information is available (see Methodology). The database is available to CEDIGAZ’s members under the infrastructure section of CEDIGAZ website.

This report includes two parts. The first one gives an assessment of UGS capacity at the end of 2021 and new capacity under construction, planned and potential. The second part reviews major trends in UGS in selected key markets: Europe, Ukraine, Russia, the United States, and China. In view of the crucial role of gas storage for security of supply, this review includes an analysis of gas stocks in 2021/22 and winter 2022/23 preparedness. In addition, recent UGS construction activity is reviewed in Central and South America and the Middle East.

This report is based on information available at the beginning of November 2022.


April 2022 - 59 pages PDF format
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A once-in-a lifetime growth over this decadeDespite the pandemic and its impact on supply chains and fuel demand in the transportation sector, the RNG sector has been resilient. Global RNG production was up 20% in 2020 to 5 billion cubic metres (bcm). It has more than doubled since 2015. There were 1,161 biogas upgrading facilities operating in the world at the end of 2020, with a production capacity of 800,000 Nm3/h (or 6.7 bcm/y), ensuring healthy growth going forward. The market remains dominated by Europe, but the United States, which became the world’s leading producer in 2019, ahead of Germany, continues to register significant growth. In other regions, biomethane production is still limited but is taking off in Brazil, Canada, China and India.

Top 100 Strategic Gas Pipelines

March 2022 - 413 pages PDF format
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This report gathers comprehensive data on one hundred of the world’s strategic high-pressure gas transmission pipelines in seven different global regions (North America, Central & South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Russia & CIS, and Asia Oceania). Data collected on the pipelines includes:
  • Pipeline ownership – Project structure, shareholders, and their respective shares,
  • Technical characteristics – Including pipeline length, diameter, wall thickness and grade of steel used and the pipeline route.
  • Pipeline route – Including a bespoke map for each pipeline detailing the route and lengths
  • Pipeline construction data – Including CAPEX data relating to the original cost of the pipeline, as well as the cost of subsequent upgrades together with details of the main EPC construction contractors used.
The report comes with an Excel spreadsheet database.

Underground Gas Storage in the World 2021 Status

December 2021 - 47 pages PDF format
Non Member500 €

This annual report assesses underground gas storage (UGS) in the world at the end of 2020. It is based and complemented by a comprehensive online database, including detailed statistical information on current and future capacities for the 661 UGS facilities in operation in the world and the 91 new projects under construction, planned or potential. Altogether, the database includes 51 countries. The database also includes information on closed, mothballed and inactive UGS facilities, as well as the expansion stages of UGS facilities, when this information is available (see Methodology). The database is available to CEDIGAZ’s members under the infrastructure section of CEDIGAZ website.

This report includes three parts. Due to the exceptional events on the gas (and energy) scene in 2021, this year’s report includes an analysis of the main causes of the elevated European and North Asian spot gas prices (Part 1). Then, the report gives an assessment of UGS key metrics in 2020 and their evolution compared to 2019. The third part reviews major trends in UGS in selected key markets: Europe, Ukraine, Russia, USA, and China. In addition, recent UGS construction activity is reviewed in South and Central America and the Middle East.

Oil and Gas Majors in India: Co-creating the Gas and LNG Market

First Estimates - May 2020 - 62 pages – PDF, XLSX format
The Indian gas sector is at a turning point. Strong growth is expected in gas and LNG demand driven by favourable policies, rising investment in downstream infrastructure by domestic and foreign companies and the availability of competitive LNG prices. India’s growing urgency to embrace cleaner fuels has increased the importance of natural gas in national energy policies. Together with renewables, natural gas is seen as a solution to address critical energy challenges in India. The strong government push to accelerate its penetration in the energy mix has materialised in concrete policy actions to establish key infrastructure, including the building of inter- and intra-state pipelines, LNG terminals, CGD networks and CNG/LNG refuelling stations.

The entry of big players into the downstream gas market, in partnerships with strong Indian partners, offers a key leverage to the Indian vision to realise a gas market-based economy. They can deliver competitive and affordable LNG supplies and accelerate gas infrastructure build out, thus solving two key bottlenecks on the Indian gas market. Energy majors will facilitate and accelerate gas market growth and enlarge the gas market with innovative solutions adapted to Indian conditions. A larger gas sector augurs well with Indian economy as well as for the environment and is a win-win situation for all stakeholders.

While the COVID-19 crisis has introduced an additional uncertainty to natural gas demand growth, the Indian gas market fundamentals are robust and long-term growth propects remain strong.


Cedigaz Insights N° 36 January 2020 - 20 pages PDF format
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Iran has one of the largest proven natural gas reserves in the world, hosts about 17% of the world’s proven natural gas reserves. Iran is also the world’s third–largest dry natural gas producer after the United States and Russia.

This report Dr Sara Vakhshouri founder and president of SVB Energy International and  renown specialist of the Iranian energy sector provide an update of Iranian Gas Chain under US sanctions

  1. Historical background
  2. Gas reserves & Exploration
  3. Development & Production
  4. Gas Refining & Production at Refineries
  5. Natural Gas Consumption, Import & Export
  6. Underground Gas Storage
  7. Gas Condensate Production
  8. Implication of US sanctions

Underground Gas Storage in the World - 2019 Status

Cedigaz Insights N°35 December 2019 17 pages PDF format
  • At the end 2018, there were 662 underground gas storage (UGS) facilities in operation in the world. The global working gas capacity reached 421 bcm
  • North America concentrates more than two thirds of the sites and accounts for almost 40% of global working gas capacity and half of global deliverability, the top five countries (United States, Russia, Ukraine, Canada and Germany) account for 70% of the worldwide capacities
  • Storage in depleted fields dominate with 79% of global working gas volumes, but storage in salt caverns now accounts for 26% of global deliverability
  • In 2018, the growth in gas storage capacity contrasted with the trends observed since 2015
  • At worldwide level, there are 102 identified projects at different stages of planning
  • UGS development activity is dominated by China, which alone accounts for almost half of the 37 bcm of working gas capacity under construction


Cedigaz Insights N° 34 October 2019 - 67 pages PDF format
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Following a period of low activity and weakening interest in recent years, CCUS is back into the limelight, especially in the US and in Europe, in the wake of the Paris agreement, boosted by a growing interest in hydrogen, rising carbon prices, new supporting policies and new business models.

This report provides an update on CCUS globally with a focus on Europe and the US, the two leading areas for this technology.

  1. Introduction: CCUS is back on policy makers’ agenda
  2. Growing policy attention and support for CCUS
  3. Global status of CCUS
  4. Barriers, challenges and required policies
  5. United States: Growing carbon capture & CO2-EOR industry
  6. Renewed interest and policy support in Europe
  7. Conclusion


Cedigaz Insights N° 33 January 2019 20 pages PDF format
Change in IMO emissions standards from 2020 will have a huge impact on the maritime industry. This concise CEDIGAZ Executive Briefing provides insight on the following issues:
    • What are the IMO emissions standards coming into force in 2020 and where do they apply?
    • What are the possible options for ship owners?
    • What are the opportunities for the LNG market?
    • Current state of play – how is the industry planning for the 2020 regulations?


Cedigaz Insights N° 32 January 2019 101 pages PDF format
The Chinese gas market has entered a new phase of growth driven by favourable policies. A complete report on the Chinese booming gas market, this CEDIGAZ Insight special issue covers demand, production (including Shale gas and other unconventional gas productions), imports from pipelines and LNG, Chinese energy policies, infrastructure development, medium and long-term Outlook and more.

Underground Gas Storage in the World - 2018 Status

Cedigaz Insights N°31 November 2018 19 pages PDF format
At the end 2017, there were 671 underground gas storage facilities in operation in the world. The global working gas capacity has slightly increased to 417 bcm,up 0.4% from the end of 2016.

The Future of Natural Gas in China and India - Critical Drivers and Challenges

"Cedigaz Insights N° 30 November 2018 32 pages PDF format"
Accelerated reforms and focused policies aimed at increasing the role of gas and renewables in the energy mix combine to improve the natural gas demand outlook of China and India

Catching Cold or Catching Fire? Current state and growth prospects for small-scale LNG

Cedigaz Insights N° 29 September 2018 105 pages PDF format
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The small-scale LNG market is rapidly growing on both the supply and demand side. Forecasts of growth to 2030 of up to 100 mt are widely shared, and there is a significant chance growth could far exceed this, with some forecasts for key sectors leading to a much higher overall demand.

Algeria's potential and challenges, striking the right balance

Cedigaz Insights N° 28 September 2018 46 pages PDF format
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Algeria is facing a new crossroad as its political and socio-economic balance has become increasingly weakened by the consequences of the oil price collapse since 2014. Algeria is faced with stark choices, as illustrated by the interplay between its energy sector and its political & economic challenges and opportunities. Budgetary constraints are putting pressure on its key hydrocarbon industry, which was already suffering from years of underinvestment due to tough fiscal terms, challenging business climate and security risks. The North African nation needs to intensify efforts to revive its oil and gas upstream sector with new projects, avert the long-term production decline at mature fields, whilst meeting growing domestic demand and honoring gas export commitments. The widening fiscal deficit and the rapid erosion of financial buffers since the oil price fell is further increasing the need for foreign capital to boost oil and gas reserves, amid growing competition with other producing nations to attract capital and technical know-how from international oil companies. But the lack of upstream investment is just one of the challenges facing Algiers in its energy sector and beyond.

South Korea's phase-out of nuclear and coal: what does it mean for the LNG market?

Cedigaz Insights N° 27 March 2018 43 pages PDF format
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Shortly after his inauguration in May 2017, the new President of South Korea has unveiled a new energy policy that shifts away from nuclear and coal power and focuses on renewables and natural gas instead. The move responds to growing safety concerns over nuclear power following the 2011 Fukushima accident and a series of earthquakes that hit southern Korea in 2016 and 2017. The energy transformation also responds to rising public hostility to coal power due to worsening air quality. Coal burning is also the main source of greenhouse gas emissions in the country, which has committed to reduce its emissions by 37% by 2030.

How will LNG support Kuwait's energy transition?

Cedigaz Insights N° 26 February 2018 42 pages PDF format
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Kuwait is mostly known as one of the world's largest oil producing nations and as a leading member of OPEC. But the country was also a pioneer in 2009 when it became the first in the MENA region to import LNG via a floating storage and regasification unit. At the time, LNG was considered a stop-gap solution to address chronic electricity shortages that threatened Kuwait's economic and socio-political stability. Today, Kuwait continues to lead the way in the region by being the first LNG importer to invest in a land-based LNG import terminal. The 22 mtpa facility, for which construction has begun at Al Zour industrial area, is scheduled to come online in 2021. Cedigaz's latest report examines the risks and opportunities of Kuwait's LNG strategy.

Ten major trends in the European gas market

Cedigaz Insights N° 25 February 2018 46 pages PDF format
The EU gas and energy sector is in the midst of a profound transformation driven by decarbonisation, digitalisation and decentralisation. The latest report by Cedigaz analyses in ten key points the evolution of the gas sector and includes forward looking views on new trends in EU gas markets.

India's vision to a gas-based economy, drivers and challenges

Cedigaz Insights N° 24 October 2017 16 pages PDF format
Thanks to India's rising economy and population, the country's outlook for growth in energy demand is robust.  The role of gas in the country's energy mix, however, is hard to determine. Today, India's primary energy mix is dominated by coal and oil. The role of natural gas is limited: only 6% in 2016.  But the government wants to make India a gas-based economy and raise the share of natural gas in the energy mix to 15% by 2022, although the timing remains uncertain. This paper analyses gas demand trends in India by 2025-30 and draws on two reports recently published by the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES) and the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG)/Centre for Energy Economics (CEE), University of Texas. Gas consumption in India is driven by five sectors: fertilizer (34% of total gas demand in fiscal year 2015-16), electric power (23%), refining (11%), city gas distribution, including transport (11%), and petrochemical (8%) industries. In 2016, after five years of consecutive declines, gas consumption increased to 55 bcm, boosted by sales to city gas distribution mainly. The country faces a widening gap between indigenous gas production and demand, which is met by increasing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) imports. LNG imports surged by 34% over 2015 to 25 bcm in 2016, making India the fourth largest importer in the world.

The rise in coal prices: Beijing policy drives EU coal-to-gas switching

Cedigaz Insights N° 23 July 2017 23 pages PDF format
Despite a decline in global coal demand for the second consecutive year, international steam coal prices doubled in 2016. This massive rise may seem paradoxical; in fact, it responded to market fundamentals: a tightening of the international market due to an unexpected surge in Chinese coal imports and the inability of exporters to meet this sudden increase. The surge in Chinese imports was not due to increasing demand – Chinese coal consumption in 2016 fell for the third year in a row– but to domestic production restrictions mandated by the Chinese government from April 2016. To remove excessive and outdated capacities in the domestic coal sector, that weighed on domestic coal prices, the government required coal mining companies to cut operating days from 330 to 276 a year. The new regulation led to a fall in coal production, shortages of coal and a steep increase in domestic coal prices, forcing power utilities to turn to the international market. However, after five years of low prices and reductions in investment, exporters were not able to respond to this sudden demand and international prices increased to clear the market.

Overview of Underground Gas Storage in the World 2017–Status

Cedigaz Insights N° 22 July 2017 16 pages PDF format
As of end 2016, there were 672 underground gas storage (UGS) facilities in operation in the world, representing a working gas capacity of 424 billion cubic meters (bcm), or 12% of 2016 world gas consumption. The number of storage facilities has decreased (680 UGS in 2015), mainly due to closure/mothballing of UGS in the United States and Europe. However, the global working capacity has slightly increased (+11 bcm) driven by expansions in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the Middle East and China. In Europe, storage capacity has continued its decline. Working gas capacity decreased by 5.8 bcm due to the closure of storage facilities in Germany, Ireland and the UK. The temporary closure of the Rough depleted field was confirmed as a permanent one in June 2017. This sharply reduces the UK storage capacity, and especially its seasonal storage capacity.

Does LNG have a long-term future in the United Arab Emirates?

Cedigaz Insights N° 21 March 2017 30 pages PDF format
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of the world's longest-established LNG exporters. But despite holding the world's sixth largest gas reserves, LNG imports into the federation increased at an impressive rate since 2010, when the Jebel Ali floating terminal in Dubai started up. With gas representing more than 90% of the power fuel mix, LNG purchases have been key to fill a widening supply deficit in order to match rapidly growing gas-to-power demand. Today, LNG remains at the heart of the UAE's strategy to meet rising energy consumption and support economic and industrial expansion in times of reduced oil income and budgetary constraints. Cedigaz's latest report examines the risks and opportunities inherent to this strategy and asks whether it is viable in the medium to longer term.

Post COP21 - What does the future hold for gas in Southeast Asia?

Cedigaz Insights N° 20 March 2017 37 pages PDF format
Controlling greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other environmental impacts while ensuring safe and affordable energy for all are the major challenges faced by Southeast Asia. To respond to these challenges, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is increasing the share of renewable energy sources in its energy mix and implements measures to reduce its energy and carbon intensity. Surging energy and electricity needs mean that fossil fuels will continue to dominate the energy and electricity mix by 2040. While natural gas is an ideal fuel to reduce the environmental footprint of power generation, competition with coal, stagnation in gas production, lack of adequate infrastructure, have been major barriers to its increased use so far. Southeast Asia has turned to coal instead, which has been the fuel of choice for power generation in the past ten years due to its low cost and ample availability in the region. But as electricity demand is expected to continue surging, and with a growing concern over air pollution and CO2 emissions, the dominance of coal in the Southeast Asian power sector is increasingly called into question.

Post-Sanction Iranian Natural Gas Production and Export Potential: Challenges and Opportunities

Cedigaz Insights N° 19 November 2016 66 pages PDF format
Iran owns the world’s second largest proven gas reserves holding 34 trillion cubic meters of gas. However historically the country has not been able to fully benefit from its huge potential and become a major player in the global gas trade for a number of reasons, mainly the imposed US and international sanctions and an internal legal and contractual regime unfavorable for investment. This has made the country unable to capitalize on its huge natural gas reserves and to duly develop its energy industry potential.

Is China's Golden Agen Of Gas Over Before It Began?

Cedigaz Insights N° 18 July 2016 18 pages PDF format
Up until not long ago, China’s gas story had been one of soaring demand and insufficient supplies. But since 2014, due to its economic slowdown and the collapse in oil prices, China’s gas market has swung into oversupply. Despite Beijing’s ambitious fuel switching agenda from coal to gas, domestic prices will continue to cripple demand and the government’s consumption targets of 230-260 bcm in 2015 and 360-400 bcm in 2020 will not be met. The author expects China’s gas demand to reach 190 bcm in 2015 and 270-280 bcm in 2020.

A lot of hot air? To what extent could gas lose ground in the heating market in Europe

Cedigaz Insights N° 17 June 2016 58 pages PDF format
According to the latest CEDIGAZ report, the gas for heating market in Europe, for many years a stable and growing demand source, is on the cusp of significant change, which is likely to lead to major declines over the coming decades. Key uncertainties remain over the pace and extent of these declines, and gas utilities would be well advised to prepare for changes by involvement in district heating and other technologies which maintain gas as part of a lower carbon heating future. Natural gas is the dominant fuel for heating residential and commercial properties in the EU, providing 47% of both input energy and useful heat in 2013. However, gas for heating faces major challenges in coming decades due to calls for greater energy efficiency and decarbonisation of the heating sector. Although, in the mid-term , expansion of CHPs and DHNs provide some opportunities for gas, long-term forecasts show gas demand for heating declining over the period to 2050, but there are significant variations in the future levels from a business as usual scenario which sees gas demand at 165 bcm in 2050 (compared to 195 bcm in 2013) to a high energy efficiency scenario which at only 44 bcm.

Subsidy – blessing or curse? An Assessment of Impact of Gas Price Subsidies on Gas Markets and Consumers

Cedigaz Insights N° 16 November 2015 63 pages PDF format
Gas price subsidies have a significant effect on the gas consumption. Simply put they embody the inexorable link between the price of a good and its demand. By artificially lowering the price of gas, it can become more competitive as a fuel, potentially even crowding out other fuels or technologies, as well as encouraging excessive consumption that would not have occurred in the absence of subsidies. The extent to which either of these situations are the case is dependent on the subsidies of a given country with two particular factors; price/level of discount and how much of the population it is available to. The cheaper the gas the more widespread and heavy its use (or the use of a byproduct of gas such as electricity, heat or water) will be. Additionally if subsidies are extended to larger parts of the population then not only does that increase the amount of users whose consumption may be wasteful but it also extends cheaper gas to richer households who are typically higher consumption users and therefore capable of wasting more. It therefore follows that any countries wishing to reduce or cut their subsidies will likely see their gas demand fall.

U.S. Natural Gas Update and Outlook

Cedigaz Insights N° 15 September 2015 66 pages PDF format
The oil price decline has left American producers in a situation like that of 2009 following the collapse of the Henry Hub gas prices. At the time, shale gas production was growing fast but demand was depressed due to the effects of the subprime mortgage crisis. Producers reacted by redirecting their investments towards liquid-rich deposits (containing oil or natural gas liquids) and were thus able to benefit from the oil price recovery. This strategic reorientation did not penalize gas production, which continued to grow, thanks to the gases associated with oil production which, in recent years, have been responsible for almost all growth in gas production. Today, more than 50% of the shale gas produced in the United States comes from liquid-rich deposits. Consequently, any decrease in liquids production occurring in reaction to falling oil prices is bound to have major repercussions on domestic gas production.

Russian Gas Market: Entering New Era

Cedigaz Insights N° 14 April 2015 80 pages PDF format
After a period of extensive growth in the 2000s, the Russian gas industry is now facing numerous challenges. Mounting competition by independent producers and the development of new production by Gazprom, combined with stagnating domestic demand and weakening export markets, have created a situation of overproduction, made worse by western sanctions and low oil and gas prices. Expansion to the East thanks to the recent China deal is not expected to provide much relief before 2024. The coming decade will be critical for the industry and its outcome will largely depend on the government's pricing and institutional policies but the role of the state should remain essential.

Waiting for the Next Train? An Assessment of the Emerging Canadian LNG Industry

Cedigaz Insights - Special issue March 2015 50 pages PDF format
In February 2015, Canada counted 22 LNG liquefaction plant projects – of which 17 are located in British Columbia – representing a total design capacity of 325 mmtpa. Canada has the potential to become a major LNG exporter but no project has received Final Investment Decision (FID) so far. Competition with US brownfield projects with innovative business models have limited the commercial appeal of many Canadian projects relying on oil indexation. More recently, plummeting oil prices have put into question their profitability and lead to several postponements of FID reviews. CEDIGAZ’s new report Waiting for the Next Train? An Assessment of the Emerging LNG Industry in Canada discusses the potential for Canada to export LNG, looking at the initial enthusiasm and wide support by public authorities and local communities but also at the economic challenges and commercial issues that are slowing the progress of these projects.

Japan's New Energy Policy - In search for stable and competitive energy supply

Cedigaz Insights N° 13 November 2014 66 pages PDF format
Japan's energy policy is undergoing fundamental changes. The accident at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant questions the future contribution of nuclear power in the national energy mix. Growing imports of fossil fuels to replace the lost nuclear capacity inflated energy prices and raise economic and energy security challenges. At the same time, the US shale gas and oil revolution is reshaping the global energy scene. Japan expects to take advantage of the trend to eliminate the “Asian premium” on natural gas prices and expand cheaper natural gas consumption. These developments have driven the Government of Japan to review its energy policy from scratch and adopt a new Strategic Energy Plan. This new policy has far reaching implications for gas and coal development in Japan but also for the international markets as Japan is the world's largest LNG importer and the second largest coal importer.