Coal to surpass gas use in SE Asia
- Published: 2 Oct 2013 at 11.33
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Coal will replace natural gas as the dominant fuel for producing electricity in Southeast Asia as the region almost doubles its energy consumption in the next two decades, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
The 10 members of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), with energy demand growing at more than twice the global average, will get 49% of their power from coal by 2035, up from 31% in 2011, the IEA said on Wednesday in its Southeast Asia Energy Outlook. The share from gas will drop to 28% from 44%.
"Coal emerges as the fuel of choice in the power sector, as it is relatively cheap and abundant in the region," said the IEA, the Paris-based adviser to the world's most-developed nations. "As long as fuel-price differentials continue to favor coal over gas by a significant margin, Southeast Asia's incremental power generation is set to be dominated by coal."
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