Natural Gas Matters: Outlook—Natural Gas Is Poised for a Stellar Future


  • Richard G. Smead

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    • Richard G. Smead ( is the managing director of advisory services for RBN Energy LLC in Houston. He previously was a director for Navigant Consulting, Inc., and before that he held senior management positions in the gas pipeline groups of the El Paso Corporation and the Coastal Corporation.


The sustained low price for US natural gas is doing exactly what it is supposed to do—attract new demand into the market. Gas-fired power generation, liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, exports to Mexico, and new industrial demand are all expected to contribute to demand growth for many years to come. But is this a permanent shift in the market, or could the new demand result in increasing prices that would quash the benefits of natural gas abundance?