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Gas struggles to compete in Southeast Asia power mix

Renewable energy is expanding faster than expected in Southeast Asia, but current policies and economics tend to favour coal over gas as a back-up fuel Renewable energy is expanding faster than expected in Southeast Asia, but current policies and economics tend to favour coal over gas as a back-up fuel.
By Damon Evans 6 days ago Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation 0 34762
Shell's Malampaya gas-to-power project offshore of the Phillipines (Shell)

The key issue: Rising energy demand in Southeast Asia may favour renewables and coal over gas, which is more costly because of an increasing reliance on imports and the absence of supportive government policies.

Interfax analysis: Gas is proving less price-competitive than coal in Southeast Asia given the region’s dependence on imports and the investment in infrastructure needed to bring in the cleaner-burning fuel.

As a result, coal could be favoured as a source of back-up generation for intermittent renewable energy sources – mostly solar...