September 2017, Vol. 244, No. 9

Features

Natural Gas and LNG: Future of Electricity

The International Energy Agency (IEA) reports that 1.2 billion people, or 17% of the world’s population, has no access to electricity. About 38% or 2.7 billion lack clean cooking facilities. “More than 95% of these people are either in sub-Saharan Africa or developing Asia, and around 80% are in rural areas,” according to the IEA. This can radically change with the increased use of pipelined and liquefied natural gas (LNG). So, is natural gas “the new fuel?” Hardly. History shows that natural gas was used by the ancient Chinese perhaps as early as 1000 B.C. Gas was seeping out of the ground and was transported with bamboo pipes. The world’s first industrial extraction of natural gas began

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