Moscow, October 4 - Neftegaz.RU.
The Gas Exporting Countries Forum expects global production and consumption of natural gas to increase to 6 trillion cu m by 2050 from 3.9 trillion cu m today, Secretary General Yury Sentyurin said on October 3, Platts reported.
This growth will boost gas' role in the global energy balance from 27% to 34% in the same period, Russian energy minister
Alexander Novak added following a ministerial meeting of the group.
The group also concluded that the market will globalize and competition will continue to grow during the period. Sentyurin said that the transport sector will be the biggest growth area for gas.
Novak added that the group has not discussed modeling the GECF on OPEC
. "We didn't discuss turning GECF into cartel, it's a platform for discussing market situation and sharing experience," Novak said.
The GECF will hold its fifth summit and second international gas seminar in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea November 26-29.
"Our objective will be to encourage more African countries to use more gas," Equatorial Guinea oil minister Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima said after the meeting on October 3.