The expert is sure that in the next decade there will be three main exporting players in the world market: Qatar, the USA and Russia. All other serious exporting participants (Australia, Canada, Norway) will remain in the market, but they will have a regional influence. At the same time, China will become the main importer (buyer) of gas, bypassing Japan and approaching the aggregate Europe.
Tsafros estimates that Qatar will increase LNG production 1,5 times (from 105 to 150 billion cubic meters) and maintain global leadership in this market segment. Moreover, Qatar will help to achieve this result not only by increasing gas production in its own territory, but also by participating in LNG projects in the United States.
As for the United States, during this time they will increase production by 5 (five) times. Bringing the total volume to 140 billion cubic meters. This will allow the United States to bypass Russia in the LNG segment, which now ranks second.
In turn, Russia will increase LNG production by 2,7 times. The “low base effect” will help her in this. At the same time, Russia will increase total gas exports by 50%.