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Natural Gas To Power Growing Energy Demands -Exxon Mobil

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) projected global demand for oil, natural gas and other fuels to be about 35% higher in 2030 compared to 2005, as emerging markets drive the bulk of global demand.

Expanding prosperity in developing nations will increase energy demand more than 70% during the same time frame, the report said.

In contrast, Exxon said efficiency improvements and other measures will keep energy demand “essentially flat” in the so-called developed nations that are part of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, even as their economic output grow an estimated 60%.

The forecast, from ExxonMobil’s annual outlook for energy survey, drew on analysis of about 100 countries, 15 demand sectors and 20 fuel types combined with economic, population and energy efficiency projections.

“Natural gas will be fastest growing major energy source, overtaking coal as the second-largest global energy source behind oil, and serving as a reliable, affordable and clean fuel for a wide variety of needs,” Exxon Mobil said.

“The forecasts also show a shift toward natural gas as businesses and governments look for reliable, affordable and cleaner ways to meet energy needs,” Chairman and Chief Executive Rex W. Tillerson said. “Newly unlocked supplies of shale gas and other unconventional energy sources will be vital in meeting this demand.”

Exxon said natural gas supply will continue to expand particularly in the U.S., where unconventional gas supplies are expected to meet more than 50% of gas demand by 2030.

At the same time, the energy company projected carbon dioxide emissions to lag the explosive growth rate of energy demand as efficiency improvements and higher natural gas usage reduce production of the greenhouse gas.

The report also said power generation will be the largest and fastest growing major energy-demand sector, representing 55% of the total growth in demand through 2030.

Natural Gas To Power Growing Energy Demands -Exxon Mobil

Chevron to search for shale gas in Poland

The Polish Environment Ministry says it has authorized U.S. oil company Chevron to explore natural gas (shale gas) deposits in eastern Poland. The license was granted for five years and enables Chevron to carry out seismic study and exploratory drilling up to 3,500 meters underground. The license covers 800 square kilometers in southeastern Poland. No financial details were released.

In the last two years, the Poland has granted 30 such concessions in Poland, to companies such as  ExxonMobil, Lane Energy and Marathon Oil. Shale gas has fundamentally changed the natural gas market in North America, and a similar paradigm shift in Europe would be a welcome change for those countries that have depended on Russia for their natural gas supply.

Russia has downplayed the potential impact of shale gas discoveries in European countries, an expected response. But not only would alternative suppliers diminish Russia’s influence in the region, an increased supply of natural gas in Europe could have the same impact that shale gas has had in North America, whereby prices have traded in a lower range for a number of years which will impact Russia’s revenues.

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Firm Chevron Gets Gas Exploration License In Poland