Middle East to play large role in gas supply to China, India

Zooming demand for energy in rapidly growing China eclipses other growth markets in the Eastern Hemisphere, speakers said May 12 at the Middle East Gas & LNG Forum in Bahrain."The China story is not the only LNG growth story in Asia," declared Charles Watson, Shell Gas & Power director, Middle East, South Asia, and Africa.India is fast becoming a major market for natural gas, Watson pointed out. And the Middle East is becoming a world-scale gas market capable of growing by 50% by 2020-25.Watson also said that the developing gas-to-liquids business is a key to the global gas market. Asked about marketability of the 500,000 b/d of distillate that soon will emerge from firm GTL projects in t...

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