The Future is Bullish for LNG

Chevron Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President of Midstream and Development, Mike Wirth, spoke at the Gastech conference in Chiba, Japan.

“Natural gas is truly becoming a globally traded commodity, and the future is bullish for liquefied natural gas,” according to Mike Wirth, Chevron vice chairman and executive vice president of Midstream and Development. With LNG demand projected to grow by roughly two-thirds over the next decade, he said, “It’s an exciting time to be a part of this industry.”

Wirth spoke on an International Energy Leadership Panel at the Gastech Exhibition and Conference in Chiba, Japan, this week, which discussed how gas suppliers are adapting to the changing global market. Gastech brings together more than 2,500 delegates including commercial experts and technical innovators from across the liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply chain.

Chevron Vice Chairman Mike Wirth addressing the audience at the Gastech conference in Chiba, Japan. Wirth highlighted the need for partnership and innovation to meet the world’s growing demand for LNG.

Based on current projections, the Chevron vice chairman said LNG demand will outstrip supply from existing production and currently sanctioned projects in the next decade. Project developers must take a long-term view in making their decisions, he said.

The Asia Excellence, one of six new LNG vessels in Chevron Shipping’s fleet, delivered the first cargo of LNG from the Gorgon Project to foundation customer Chubu Electric in Japan in 2016.

In mature markets such as Japan and continental Europe, deregulation, fuel competition and environmental concerns will be important factors in making investment decisions. In emerging markets, natural gas will assume a rising share of the energy mix, encouraging new markets and new buyers for LNG.

Supporting these growing economies and improved living standards will require affordable energy that fits into household, business and government budgets. Wirth said that natural gas will be critical to providing the basics, such as transportation to get to work and to seek medical attention, and electricity to cook food and light homes, schools and businesses.

Chevron’s presence at the Gastech Conference featured images and messaging supporting the growing leadership in LNG and record of partnership and responsible operations around the world.


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