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“From a carbon reduction energy mix perspective, the case for switching to gas is already clear and widely supported by regulatory and climate policies,” underlines Mike Theobald director at AECOM.

Theobald highlights that direct or close-coupled Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-to-power is still a new concept that did not exist as a joined up and proven solution until now.

However, the switching of gas-to-power “is even more compelling when Global LNG supply is expected to double over the next 25 years with 40% of that increase achieved within the next 5 years, outpacing demand significantly.

“The demand outcome therefore seems to be more predicated on policies that unlock industrialisation and urbanisation, the latter to meet significant population growth.”

Demand and supply of gas-to-power

In terms of balancing the demand and supply for the gas-to-power market, Theobald says there needs to be a robust time based energy strategy with support from government.

He goes on to highlight that: “Accurate projection of the energy needs for the next 25 to 30 years and then mapping the most likely and appropriate technologies to meet short and longer term requirements is essential for sustainable value chain alignment and positioning, and provides confidence for inwards investment. Read more: Mozambique to become global LNG supplier

“The Malta model worked well in this perspective as it plugged a gap that was urgently needed and allowed longer term renewables and interconnectors to continue progressing. It can now generate clean energy and even use the power interconnector to export to the European Grid via Sicily.”

Theobald is a confirmed speaker at the upcoming Gas-to-Power Africa Congress, taking place next month in Cape Town, South Africa.

Read the full interview here