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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs     December 26,  2016  

VN to increase liquid gas imports by 2025

Sharply decreasing Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) output and increasing prices of new gas resources are forcing Vi?t Nam to look to increase LNG imports.

The country is expected to import five million tonnes of LNG by 2025. The figure is expected to increase to 11 million tonnes by 2030 and 13.9 million tonnes by 2035.

By the end of this year, the Viet Nam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) will have supplied more than 100 billion cu.m of gas. Gas for electricity production accounted for 90 per cent of the country’s total gas output, generating around 30 per cent of total power output. Gas for fertilizer production contributed 70 per cent of the total fertilizer demand.

Vu Dao Minh, deputy head of PetroVietnam’s Department of Oil and Gas Exploitation, said the group has been active in promoting the developmental progress of potential gas mines in the basins of Cuu Long, Nam Con Son, and the central and south west regions. The annual gas output has been around 10 billion cu.m.

However, Minh said that after the year of 2020, current gas mine output will be reduced, thus affecting gas supply. In addition, the development of new gas mines will face high levels of impurities and difficult deep water locations. These factors will affect exploitation, collection and processing costs.

It is forecast that the country’s total gas supply will be more than 268 billion cu.m--while its total demand will be over 344 billion cu.m in the 2017-35 period, he said, adding that the supply would not be enough for the development of new power plants under the master electricity plan VII.

He said the country needs to develop new gas resources while importing LNG to ensure demand is met.

This would be a challenge for the synchronous development of the gas industry. It requires suitable mechanisms and policies to encourage investment into the sector. The Government should stipulate different gas prices to customers in the sectors of electricity, petrochemical and industry, he added.

He noted that the policies could promote gas market development, ensuring investment project effectiveness as well as contributing to energy security.

Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Hoang Quoc Vuong, said the ministry will continue to review and supplement Viet Nam’s gas industry master plan by 2020 with a vision to 2035.

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