|A recent development in energy security20-12-2010 16:08|
|We may all dream of a green future with no fossil fuels, but for the immediate future natural gas will take up an increasing portion of our energy mix, if we are to phase out coal.|
As the gas production of Europe is set to plateau and decline along with growing demand in Asia, Russia seems well placed to become the gatekeeper of Central Asian gas. Avoiding total dependence on Russia seems to be a goal of its supplying neighbors and its downstream customers.
A long held dream of transporting gas from Turkmenistan to western and eastern customers seems to finally be coming to fruition, with a completion scheduled for 2014. Note that the line goes through Afghanistan, which suggests some hope for a peaceful resolution with the Taliban or a permanent security presence along the length of the pipeline, some of which is to be placed below ground.
Turkmenistan alone holds the fourth largest gas reserves in the world and its neighbors including Iran hold equally significant reserves. It will be interesting to follow how Iranian gas reserves will be ignored behind trade sanctions in the long term.
The pipeline will move gas to the energy dependent regions of Pakistan and India, with a potential alternative market by going to the Pakistani port of Gwadar where from LNG can be transported.
This one pipeline is hardly enough for Europe to avoid dependence on Russia, but it suggests that Brussels and Washington are determined to ensure a measure of independence in its future energy mix.
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|That's the demand. Traditional non renewable energy sources like coal, fossil fuel, natural gases, etc are dying and have been constantly raising concerns on world. You are correct we are still dependent on these fuels for life, but there are other alternatives as well like solar energy, hydro energy, etc that can be the future. The only need is to take more and more initiatives by world's leading nations to generalize the use of these substitute sources. Solar power system is so far the cheapest available option that can be adopted by everyone.|
|I would have to disagree. Though it's been two years and much has happened to natural gas prices because of the US shale gas boom and the expectations of severals such booms around the world (China, Argentina, maybe Europe) it is even clearer that natural gas will be used for decades to come. Putin wants to expand Nordstream as well as develop a south stream and the alternative of building a line through Turkey linking up to the caucasus is still a possibility. |
I would agree that solar is potentially disruptive, but it will take decades for it to become a base load. In the mean time it's either coal or gas and gas is winning in the west. In China and India its another matter unless limited water or rail infrastructure makes expansion of coal too expensive.
|RE: Good Words29-10-2012 10:21|
Yes, it's been almost 2 years and US is having superiority with natural gases. The natural gases would be the prime driver of energy sources perhaps for next decade or two. Solar energy is intuitive but its usage is not that much universal. However, recent study done among US people suggest us that people are more interested in using solar power system and would not mind investing in it instead of other expensive sources like natural gases. This is a good sign.
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Edited by branner on 03-12-2012 20:29
|yes, that's really a great achievement. Thanks for sharing this informative information.Our on going demand for energy has led to foreign wars, price spikes, and disasters like the Gulf oil spill. Aside from renewable sources, these sources are going to be very expensive and critical, and finally run out. As we enhance our habituation on foreign energy sources and funnel more money overseas, our national security and economy suffers.|
|Well, it is very interesting !! Thanks alot for sharing this useful information,You have explained this very well.|
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