Special Seminar on the Geopolitics of Natural Gas

Seminar

Speaker(s)

David G. Victor, Program on Energy and Sustainable Development
Mark H. Hayes, Program on Energy and Sustainable Development

Date and Time

May 10, 2004 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Availability

Open to the public.

No RSVP required

Location

Bishop Auditorium, Graduate School of Business

World natural gas consumption is projected to more than double by 2030 -- surpassing coal as the world's #2 energy resource. Plentiful reserves exist but surplus gas supplies are far removed from future demand centers -- necessitating major investments in gas transport infrastructures. The growing importance of natural gas imports to modern economies will force new thinking about energy security.

The two-year collaborative study between Stanford PESD and the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy of Rice University includes seven historical case studies of built cross-border gas trade projects and economic modeling of global natural gas markets. The project aims to assess key factors affecting decision-making in large gas infrastructure investments and to then utilize these results to inform analysis of prospective developments in the world gas trade.

The seminar serves as a prelude to the Geopolitics of Gas Conference co-hosted by the Stanford Program on Energy and Sustainable Development and the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy of Rice University to be held May 26-27, 2004 in Houston, Texas.

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