Middle East & Africa: Consumption
Gas is set to further consolidate its position in the MEA’s energy mix in 2018.
The power sector will drive growth in the MEA’s gas demand over the coming years, but the popularity of the fuel is also growing in the industrial sector, including petrochemicals. Improving the supply of the fuel, partly as a result of a greater focus on non-associated gas production, will also support the region’s gas consumption. The combined gas demand of the key MEA countries – Iran, Egypt, Turkey, Algeria, Nigeria, Yemen, Libya and the GCC states – rose by 1.3% on an annual basis in 2016, to 630 billion cubic metres. GGA forecasts the MEA’s gas demand will rise by 3% year on year in 2017 and 3.1% in 2018.