WGC: Growth in gas trade faces range of challenges

Natural gas must overcome economic, technical, commercial, and political challenges if it is to expand its role in meeting global energy needs.Royal Dutch Shell PLC Chief Executive Jeroen van der Veer opened the World Gas Conference June 6 in Amsterdam with that keynote message.A later WGC session presented diverse views on the issue of gas interchangeability.GrowthVan der Veer said the industry must “produce much more gas [and] deliver it to many more customers over greater distances” to meet expectations that interregional gas flows “could expand nearly threefold.”Shell, Van der Veer said, expects global gas consumption to grow by more than 2%/year, exceeding pro...

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