As might be expected at a Calgary conference where producersdominated attendance and the first day’s panels, bullishness onfuture gas prices ran rampant despite last week’s price slump.Emphasizing the challenges and opportunities in reaching aprojected 30 Tcf/year market by the 2010s, speakers at Ziff EnergyGroup’s North American Gas Strategies conference agreed thatCanadian gas is well positioned to benefit both volume-wise andprice-wise in the coming years.
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As might be expected at a Calgary conference where producersdominated attendance and the first day’s panels, bullishness onfuture gas prices ran rampant despite the current week’s slump.Emphasizing the challenges and opportunities in reaching aprojected 30 Tcf/year market by the 2010s, speakers at Ziff EnergyGroup’s “North American Gas Strategies” conference agreed Mondaythat Canadian gas is well positioned to benefit both volume-wiseand price-wise in the coming years.
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) imports could play a larger role inserving U.S. gas demand next year if strong domestic gas prices andan abundance of LNG on the spot market remain. While LNG servesonly a fraction of U.S. demand, imports have been growing thisyear, most recently with two agreements announced last week.
Landowners – those most directly affected by pipeline projects -were given a greater role in the certificate process last week whenFERC issued a final rule that requires pipes to provide propertyowners with earlier and more-detailed notification of theirprojects.
Rocky Mountain gas producers heard encouraging news last week onthe role they could play in helping the industry achieve a 30 Tcfmarket by 2010. Several speakers at the Colorado Oil & GasAssociation’s annual conference last week in Denver delivered themessage that it’s largely up to the Rockies to make that kind ofmarket growth a reality.
Energy traders would do well to fasten their seatbelts for thecontinuing convergence of natural gas and power if the predictionof Coastal Corp. CEO David A. Arledge is correct. Increasingly, theprice of gas – the second most volatile energy commodity – will belinked with the price of power – the most volatile energycommodity, Arledge said.
The role the Natural Gas Supply Association “provides is unique,and our members haven’t given us any indication that they areanything but pleased,” said Rebecca McDonald, this year’s chair ofthe organization and the future senior vice president of global gasmarketing for BP-Amoco. McDonald was questioned by NGI aboutpersistent rumors that NGSA, which originally was created topromote the decontrol of natural gas, would be disbanded and itsfunctions rolled into the American Petroleum Institute. McDonaldsaid the two organizations address very different issues, with APIfocusing on upstream oil and gas and NGSA involved mainly indownstream activities. “NGSA has done a good job with a difficulttask.”