The UAE sees its future as an LNG importer

The United Arab Emirates will be a net importer of LNG by 2020, but the country is planning to diversify its power-generation portfolio in the medium-to-long term
By Abhishek Kumar 20 October 2016
The United Arab Emirates will be a net importer of LNG by 2020. (Shell)

The United Arab Emirates is unlike other Gulf Cooperation Council countries in that it exports LNG as well as importing it. The UAE became the Gulf’s first LNG exporter in 1977, but the country may severely curtail its export capacity by the end of the decade if the market remains unfavourable. Meanwhile, the UAE is boosting its LNG and pipeline gas import capacity to meet growing domestic gas demand.

The UAE’s status as a net LNG exporter is also under pressure because its gas demand has...

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