The contradiction of proposed increases in fuel efficiency standards for large trucks is that although they will reduce oil consumption, they will also discourage the adoption of alternative vehicles that run on natural gas and make them less competitive in the trucking sector.
While crude and products will see only modest changes from the expansion of the Panama Canal, the effects for LNG and propane will be much greater. The U.S. LNG industry will now have access to a transit route that can accommodate larger tankers at a time the industry is primed to export volumes to Asia.
IEA’s Laszlo Varro on LNG Oversupply, Changes in Gazprom’s Leverage, and the Outlook for Global Shale
What's next for the future of natural gas markets? IEA's Chief Economist Laszlo Varro offers his perspective on energy geopolitics, competition between LNG and renewables, and more.
Natural gas markets have not lived up to the expectations in the intervening years since the International Energy Agency originally speculated about a potential golden age for gas.
Mozambique, home to the third-largest natural gas reserves in Africa, is offering little evidence that it can become an LNG powerhouse without marginalizing the local population.
Russia has the means and determination to hold onto its gas market in Europe, but in doing so, will be forced to give up much of its leverage over pricing and the way contracts are written.
The growing oversupply in LNG export capacity has weighed on prices for the key market in Asia, pushing spot prices down by about two-thirds in less than two years. Excess supplies will likely kill off an array of LNG export terminals that have not yet moved forward with final investment decisions.
Developing oil and gas in Brazil means dealing with the country's beleaguered state oil company, Petrobras. In spite of this impediment, Royal Dutch Shell is doubling down on Brazil.
In the wake of the crisis and violence in Ukraine, the EU stepped up its search for alternative supply sources to trim its dependence on imported Russian natural gas, but solutions such as imported LNG provide only marginal energy security gains.
U.S. oil production has received a lot of attention lately for stalling out and beginning to decline, but the U.S. shale gas revolution also appears to have also slowed down, at least for now.