Abundant, flexible & cheap to store: Improving gas advocacy in Europe

Natural gas is expected to become the fastest-growing fuel globally by 2040, with a demand rise of more than 55%, as reported by the International Energy Agency, between 2010 and 2040. Bringing numerous benefits, it is important the gas industry must truly promote the opportunities gas brings.

Interested to learn more about how gas players can promote gas in the decarbonising world, Gastech Insights spoke with Mark Simons, Head of Trading Project at Total and Governing Body Member for the 2018 European Autumn Gas Conference.

Gastech Insights: When it comes to pricing, what will the increase in LNG mean for the market?

Mark Simons: LNG supplies have been increasing rapidly in the last few years and will continue to do so, however gas prices have proved to be remarkably resilient. Rising coal and oil prices, declining gas flexibility, declining European indigenous production and rising gas demand have and will continue to keep gas prices robust during winters, especially cold ones. Yet gas prices are likely to come under pressure during summers, as LNG cargoes compete to find buyers.

Gastech Insights: Is there a sufficient understanding of what Blockchain is in the industry and if not, how should this be tackled?

Mark Simons: In energy trading blockchain and distributed ledger technology has the potential to make energy contract settlement and payment between companies faster, cheaper and more efficient. It will only fulfil its potential if the main market participants work together to agree standardised systems and processes. However, blockchain technology is likely to lead to evolution, rather than the revolution that AI could bring.

Gastech Insights: Why should industry players attend the 2018 European Autumn Gas Conference?

Mark Simons: The EAGC is an event I have attended since 2010. It is a great opportunity to broaden one's network and keep up to date with what is happening in the gas and wider energy industry.  It is also in Berlin, one of my favourite cities and a key European hub for innovators and start-ups.

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