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Geopolitics and LNG markets

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Karthik Sathyamoorthy, CEO AG&P Group, Singapore, examines unveiling new dynamics and implications in the global energy landscape.

The global demand for cleaner and more sustainable energy sources has been rising as economies realise the need to migrate from traditional, yet dirtier, fuels to cleaner and economical energy alternatives. LNG has emerged as a crucial player in this transformation, offering a viable solution to meet the rising energy needs of developed and emerging markets while reducing carbon emissions. LNG is an ideal energy alternative due to its versatility, transportability, and cleaner combustion compared to traditional fossil fuels. LNG serves as a logical, sustainable, and affordable way to meet the global energy requirements while renewables continue to scale up to required levels.

The importance of LNG being a contender for the ‘energy of the future’ has gained a lot of geopolitical attention that impacts development of economies, energy dynamics, international relations, and the general speed of the energy transition.

LNG markets

The LNG market is predominantly led by major exporters (for example Qatar, Australia, the US, and Russia) and key importers (such as Japan, China, South Korea, and Europe). In recent years, emerging markets like Asia-Pacific, Africa, and Latin America have included LNG as a key component to their energy mix in order to sustain their existing and anticipated future energy requirements.

Each market exhibits unique intricacies, local conditions, regulatory constraints, and customer capability and preferences. The establishment of LNG infrastructure, including import terminals, regasification facilities, and distribution networks, is crucial for the successful integration of LNG into emerging markets. The development of flexible, scalable, and modular regasification technology has made it possible for markets to seriously consider LNG despite having small and fragmented pockets of energy requirements. Such infrastructure development propositions are affordable, scalable, nimble, and sustainable.

However, fruition of these solutions would only be possible with the support of world-class partners that promote innovative commercial structures, customisable and flexible offerings, and serve as a ‘one-stop-shop’ with end-to-end energy and infrastructure construction solutions that support the full LNG value chain ecosystem.


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