Russia's Turn to the East: Expanded Oil and Gas Exports to East Asia Help Reduce Dependence on European Buyers

December 2, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

Russia Fuel Export Changes

In large part to decrease dependence on European buyers, Russia is increasing exports of oil and gas to East Asia as it shifts production from mature, declining fields in Western Siberia to untapped resources in the East. Japan and China are major new buyers or Russian oil and gas.[read more]

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A New Debate Emerges: LNG or CNG for the Long Haul

July 16, 2013 by Simon Sylvester-Chaudhuri

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Until recently, fleet managers considering the conversion from gasoline or diesel to natural gas had basically two options: compressed natural gas (CNG) was the choice for any return-to-base, short mileage vehicles, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) was the option for long-haul on-highway Class 8 trucks, also known as tractor trailers or semis. However, due to a variety of innovations, a paradigm shift may be under way.[read more]

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The Natural Gas Pathway to Sustainable Transportation

June 12, 2013 by Simon Sylvester-Chaudhuri

If you read the business section of a major U.S. newspaper with any regularity, chances are you’ve seen something about the potential for the shale gas boom to transform the transportation sector. Much of this excitement is derived from the fact that natural gas currently enjoys a three-fold advantage over traditional petroleum fuels.[read more]

LNG Exports Could Create Big Job, Economic Numbers

May 17, 2013 by Mark Green

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LNG exports are projected to produce annual increases in revenue to federal, state and local governments of between $6.4 billion to $9.3 billion in the base scenario to $27.9 billion to $40.4 billion in the high-export scenario by 2035.[read more]

Energy Policy and Liquified Natural Gas: To Export or Not to Export?

May 14, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

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President Obama is preparing to decide how much liquified natural gas (LNG) from the the U.S. boom in shale natural gas production it makes sense to export. Economically and geopolitically a lot hangs in the balance.[read more]

Natural Gas Revolution and Its Implications: LNG Exports 101

April 3, 2013 by Adam James

The Shale Gale, unleashed by technological breakthroughs in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, has also led to a discussion of the United States potential to become a net-exporter of natural gas for the first time ever.[read more]

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Could LNG be a cure for the West African Power Crisis?

March 25, 2013 by Victor Mallet

West Africa, a region larger than Western Europe, and covering a population of almost 300M people, is one of the most power-deficient parts of the world. To what extent could Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) play a role in helping West Africa overcome its power issues?[read more]

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Quo Vadis East African Gas?

March 13, 2013 by Victor Mallet

Gas majors Anadarko Petroleum, ENI and BG Group have discovered over 100 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas reserves off the coasts of Mozambique and Tanzania. Could these discoveries make East Africa as big of an energy exporter as Nigeria?[read more]

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Will Floating LNG Revolutionise The Natural Gas Industry?

February 21, 2013 by Celine Rottier

Floating liquid natural gas, the notion of performing gas liquefaction offshore on a floating vessel near the point of extraction, has seen a growth in interest since around 2006. Several companies prepared a Floating LNG concept and performed research to develop some non-existing, though indispensable, technological components. During...[read more]

Could Diesel Fuel Made from US Natural Gas Compete with CNG and LNG?

January 16, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

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The announcement last month of a $21 billion project to capitalize on abundant, low-cost US natural gas should have caught the attention of everyone interested in this resource. As reported in the New York Times, Sasol, a South African energy company, intends to build a 96,000 barrel-per-day gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in southwestern Louisiana.[read more]

Future Energy Consumption: Natural Gas Poised To Increase In Transportation?

January 12, 2013 by Bill Squadron

The recent projections for future energy consumption from Exxon Mobil’s report, “Outlook for Energy,” and the EIA’s “Annual Energy Outlook, 2013” essentially said the same thing concerning the potential for natural gas and its derivative methanol: Natural gas use now is only about 1 percent of the total fuel used in vehicles, and by 2040...[read more]

Should Alaska Export More LNG to Asia?

December 13, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

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The Governor of Alaska reportedly met this week with officials from the South Korean national gas company to discuss exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG). Ever since crude oil production on Alaska's North Slope ramped up in the 1980s, industry observers have speculated about the ultimate disposition of the significant associated...[read more]

Geopolitics Likely to Trump Economics In US LNG Export Question

December 10, 2012 by Amy Myers Jaffe

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Last week, U.S. Gulf of Mexico natural gas exports took a step closer to reality with the release of NERA Economic Consulting’s study for the U.S. Department of Energy concluding that the economic benefits (including wealth transfer affects) from liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the U.S. Gulf coast will outweigh the losses from “reduced capital and wage income to U.S. consumers.”[read more]

DOE Study: LNG Exports Will Boost U.S. Economy

December 6, 2012 by Mark Green

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Big news in a just-released study conducted for the U.S. Energy Department, which finds that allowing U.S. liquid natural gas exports would help the economy – and increasingly so as LNG exports grow. NERA Economic Consulting analyzed 16 different export scenarios, incorporating different assumptions about U.S. natural gas supply and...[read more]


Let’s Not Let L, N and G Spell “Stupid”

September 14, 2012 by Joel Brown

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My journalist daughter always reminds me “Don’t bury your leads”, so here goes:  we are not just ill-advised, but downright foolish to expand the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG). There are several reasons why.World LNG prices are based on the price of crude oil or its products.  This ignores the fact that natural gas is...[read more]