Arab region natural gas demand growing at 'fastest' pace: OAPEC

Power generation in the region forms 52% of total consumption

  
French oil giant Total Refinery is seen during sunset in Donges, France, November 25, 2020. Image used for illustrative purpose.

French oil giant Total Refinery is seen during sunset in Donges, France, November 25, 2020. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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KUWAIT - The Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) said on Monday that demand for natural gas in the wider Arab region is rising at its "fastest" pace, with a steady annual growth rate of 4.8 percent.

Demand for gas in the region eclipses global demand by more than twofold, the second highest in the world in terms of growth, second only to the Asia-Pacific, the Kuwait-bsed oil group said amid virtual talks hosted by industry journal Petroleum Economist over liquefied natural gas (LNG) output in the region, according to KUNA.

Power generation in the region forms 52 percent of total consumption, with the region's energy transition plans heavily reliant on LNG import projects, chief among them Arab states' forays into LNG terminal construction, added the bloc.

It espoused the merits of LNG output expansion in improving energy efficiency by up to 39 percent as part of efforts to reduce dependence on oil and petroleum products.

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