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India LNG demand has CAGR of 17% until 2020

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According to a recently published TechSci Research report entitled ‘India LNG Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2025’, India's LNG demand is anticipated to increase from 64 million ft3/d in 2015 to 306.54 million ft3/d by 2021, registering a CAGR of 16.89% during 2015 - 2021. As of 2015, India's natural gas pipeline infrastructure stood at 15 808 km and an additional 11 397 km of pipelines are expected to be added over the next few years. Government Gas Allocation policies have been implemented to address demand for natural gas across various end user industries, classified on the basis of needs as City Gas Distribution for households, transport, fertilisers sector (urea plant), power plants and industrial sectors.

The power sector is the leading end user of natural gas in India and consumes nearly one third of the total natural gas produced in the country. Moreover, government is increasing its focus on gas based power projects due to their high efficiency, low gestation period, environmental factors, and requirement of less water and land compared to other fuel based power plants. Various other policies such as recent updates in ‘Gas Allocation Policy’ have also been implemented to encourage use of gas in different end user segments. Other policies that are expected to have a positive impact on the country's LNG market include E-bid RLNG for smoothing the supply of imported spot RLNG to power plants and fertiliser industries.

"Increasing focus on expansion of gas pipeline infrastructure in the country, rising demand for natural gas from power and industrial sectors and favourable government policies makes LNG a commercially viable and suitable fuel for various end users in India. As a result, LNG demand is forecast to witness robust growth over the next 5 - 10 years." said Mr. Karan Chechi, Research Director with TechSci Research, a research based global management consulting firm.

’India LNG Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2025’ has evaluated the LNG demand outlook in India and provides statistics and information on market structure, industry behaviour and trends. The report includes market projections and demand forecasting. The report is intended to provide cutting edge market intelligence and help decision makers take sound investment evaluation. Besides, the report also identifies and analyses emerging trends along with essential drivers, challenges and opportunities available in LNG market in India.

Read the report here.

Adapted from press release by Francesca Brindle

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