24 April 2012

Synergies and demand in the small-scale LNG market

When planning market strategies industrial gas suppliers are constrained by the reality that atmospheric gases cannot be delivered at competitive cost beyond a certain radius, but benefit from the universal availability of the process feedstock that allows the flexibility to site air separation plants strategically. By contrast, the natural gas reserves from which the majority of the world’s demand is sourced are inconveniently remote from the centres of demand. The map (below) shows that the major trade routes for LNG extend for many thousands of kilometres to increasingly supply the markets concentrated in North America, Europe and Japan.

(Gasworld, May 12)