ITALY'S GAS DEMAND TO RISE 20% BY 2000

Italy's demand for natural gas is expected to jump more than 20% to about 2.1 tcf/year by 2000. That's the forecast of Snam, gas subsidiary of state owned energy holding company Ente Nazionale ldrocarburi. Snam in 1993 delivered 1.74 tcf to Italian markets, an increase of 52.5 bcf from the year before. Although the increase of 3% in gas demand may seem slight, it compares with a drop of 15.1% in Italy's overall demand for solid fuels and a 2% decline in demand for fuel oil.

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