2021 Outlook

Gas and LNG: why 2021 will be a defining year

The year ahead will shape the role of gas in the energy transition. Read our experts' predictions for the top five global trends for gas and LNG, and how they could play out in your region.

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  • Global gas and LNG: 5 things to look for in 2021
  • Europe gas: what to look for in 2021
  • North America gas: 5 things to look for in 2021
  • Southeast Asia gas & power: 4 things to look for in 2021

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What are the key trends for global gas and LNG in the year ahead?

2021 will be a milestone year for the gas and LNG industry. Not only because record high LNG prices will prompt buyers to evaluate their portfolio positioning, but also because the role of gas in the energy transition will really start to take shape.

Policy-makers will need to provide clarity on how they intend to decarbonise their economies – including their vision of the role of natural gas – in line with pledges to achieve climate neutrality. Meanwhile, gas players must show their commitment to decarbonising natural gas, through, for example, CCUS and blue hydrogen.

So, what are they key themes and trends to look out for in the year ahead?

Our team of global experts have come together to share their predictions for 2021, across five themes:

  • How the January cold spell has shifted market dynamics in 2021
  • What will Asian LNG buyers do?
  • Moment of truth for gas and its role in the energy transition
  • A new frontier to decarbonise natural gas
  • Biden administration: sweeping changes unlikely, but aspirations start from day one

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And read on for our predictions of how these trends will play out in your region. 


2021 will be another transformative year for the European gas market. How will the energy transition shape long-term demand? What’s the likely impact of Turkey’s giant Sakarya gas discovery? What’s our prediction for prices in the region? And will a Maghreb transit deal be agreed?

Read our experts’ view in this complimentary report.

Murray Douglas, Research Director, Europe Gas

North America

Following a tumultuous 2020 that saw Henry Hub gas prices fall under US$1.50/mmbtu, what will 2021 look like for North American gas markets? Our experts pick out five things to look for in 2021, from Haynesville production growth potential to West Coast LNG projects in the limelight.

Read the report to find out more.

Eugene Kim, Research Director, Americas Gas

Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia’s LNG demand remains relatively resilient as countries assess their optimal portfolio between LNG and imported pipeline supplies. We expect recovery in both gas and LNG demand – but what will that recovery path look like? Will we see gas price reform? And which new players and technologies will influence the market in 2021?

Find out in this complimentary insight.


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