Natural gas is expected to play an expanding role in meeting rising Asian energy demand. The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan, projects that liquefied natural gas (LNG) demand in Asia will rise by about 4 to 5 percent per annum, while LNG demand in Japan will increase 2 percent per year through 2010. There is potential to use natural gas as a feedstock for transportation fuels, and increasing worldwide use of LNG could lead to the development of an international market. This conference included presentations by study authors analyzing developments in Sakhalin and the Atlantic Basin, as well as the relevant gas laws in Japan on natural gas development. This event was a joint venture between the Baker Institute and the Petroleum Energy Center of Japan. The European Centre for International Political Economy provided generous support for the study.
- Dagobert Brito, George A. Peterkin Professor of Political Economy, Rice University
- Amy Myers Jaffe, Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
- Peter R. Hartley, Professor of Economics and Department Chair, Rice University
- Hiroshi Hasuike, Deputy Director, Research and Development Division, The Institute of Applied Energy
- Akira Miyamoto, Senior Reseacher, Research Institute for Culture, Energy and Life Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.
- Yoshiki Ogawa, General Manager, The Second Department of Research, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan
- Barbara Rhines Shook, Houston Bureau Chief, Energy Intelligence Group
- Ronald Soligo, Professor of of Economics, Rice University
- Alan Troner, President, Asia Pacific Energy Consulting Inc.