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Security of Gas Supply in Open Markets

LNG and Power at a Turning Point

Security of Gas Supply in Open Markets by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
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Since the IEA Study on Security of Gas Supply was published in 1995, many Member countries have started to open their gas and electricity markets to competition. Governments progressively withdrew from directly managing the gas sector; they concentrate now on setting objectives and the framework for competition.

With the continued growth of gas demand and the decline of domestic reserves, most IEA countries have to import more gas, mainly for power generation. This requires access to gas reserves at competitive conditions, as well as timely investment in new infrastructure to ensure a reliable gas supply. Reform has led to open markets, where supply and demand are balanced by the market. In the gas sector, supply is capacity-bound and large parts of the demand side are inelastic. The study looks at how governments and other stakeholders in IEA countries respond to the need to create a framework that enables the players to deliver secure and reliable gas supply at the border and all the way down to the final customer.

This book analyses the most recent developments in security of gas supply and reliability in all IEA regions in the context of open markets and in view of the new demand and supply trends. A CD-ROM featuring the views of the main stakeholders (governments, regulators, industry, customers and other organisations) is included with the publication. Security of Gas Supply in Open Markets is a follow-up of Flexibility in Natural Gas Supply and Demand in the IEA series on energy market reforms.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; January 2004
497 pages; ISBN 9789264108073
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Title: Security of Gas Supply in Open Markets
Author: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development