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Southeast Asia Petroleum Exploration Society (SEAPEX)


Proceedings of the 2003 South East Asia Petroleum Exploration Society (SEAPEX) Conference, 2003
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Abstract: Proposed Trans Asean Gas Pipeline: Unfulfilled Expectations?

Neil Semple1


CERA's view of how gas pipeline infrastructure will evolve in Southeast Asia differs from that in the Trans ASEAN Gas Pipeline (TAGP) proposal, a project agreed by the energy ministers of ASEAN at a meeting last summer. The TAGP proposal envisions an extensive pipeline network criss-crossing ASEAN, linking existing large sources of gas with distant load centers. CERA's view of gas pipeline development in Southeast Asia is as follows:

  • It will consist of more of the same, with mostly bilateral, but increasingly cross-border, contracts linking gas reserves with nearby load centers, namely the three basins of Thailand-Southern Vietnam; the Malaya Peninsula; and Java in Indonesia.

  • In contrast to assumptions implicit in the TAGP proposal, CERA believes that modest new gas reserves will be discovered near load centers.

  • Those looking to transport gas very long distances will be disappointed, as will those hoping to position themselves as large gas trading hubs.

Presented at: 2005 South East Asia Petroleum Exploration Society (SEAPEX) Conference, Singapore, 2003

Acknowledgments and Associated Footnotes

1 Neil Semple: Cambridge Energy Research Associates

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