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GECF spotlights natural gas potential for Africa, technology at 28th World Gas Congress

 Doha, Qatar

The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), the global platform of the leading gas producing countries, actively participate in the 27th World Gas Conference (WGC) held in Daegu, South Korea recently.

The theme of this year’s event, organised by the International Gas Union and hosted by the Korea Gas Union, was “A Sustainable Future – Powered by Gas”, which attracted 9,500 policy-makers, business leaders, technical experts and decision-makers within the energy industry from over 70 countries. The weeklong Congress included discussions across the entire gas value-chain and broader energy industry, with a focus on energy security, energy transition and low carbon fuels.

Representing the GECF at WGC 2022, Mr Adrian Sookhan, Gas Market Analyst, delivered a presentation on the “The Potential Expansion of Natural Gas Demand in Sub-Saharan Africa’s Electricity Sector” at a session entitled “Future Gas E&P Technologies and Demand in the Global Energy Mix”. He highlighted that Sub-Saharan Africa continues to suffer from significant energy poverty, stifling economic development. Currently, less than 50% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa has access to electricity, with coal accounting for 46% of the electricity mix while the far cleaner natural gas making up only 13%. 

According to Mr Sookhan, a 20%-100% increase in natural gas use can result in 100% electricity coverage in Sub-Saharan African countries, generating an additional 12-62 billion cubic metres (bcm) of natural gas demand. On the other hand, lower use of coal can avoid at least 27-135 million tonnes (mt) of CO2.  

He further highlighted that in order to achieve the full potential of natural gas expansion in the region’s electricity sector, there must be investment in the upstream oil and gas sector, natural gas pipelines, LNG import infrastructure, road and rail transportation of CNG and LNG, electricity plants, and electricity distribution and transmission infrastructure. 

Separately, Mr Sookhan moderated a session entitled “Emerging Technology to Enhance the Growth of LNG”. He stated in his introductory remarks that LNG is well positioned to ensure the energy security for buyers while contributing to the energy transition to a low-carbon future. Technologies such as CCS/CCUS, electrification of operations such as the liquefaction process with renewable energy, and boil-off gas recovery were highlighted as examples of industry-wide decarbonisation efforts. 

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