Natural Gas Demand from the Indian Fertilizer Sector

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Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Working Paper #67

October 2007

WP 67, IRADE, Fertilizer

PESD has concluded a two year collaborative study on the Indian natural gas market with the Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe). The study explores gas demand to the year 2025 in nitrogenous fertilizer production under a range of different policy and economic scenarios.

For the fertilizer sector, significant opportunities exist to import cheap fertilizer, thereby reducing domestic gas demand, but political constraints will likely buoy gas demand. Industrial consumers will benefit from increased supplies from LNG to displace expensive liquid fuels, but cheap coal remains the dominant fuel for many industrial applications.

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