February 2015, Vol. 242, No. 2


Southeast Asias Pipeline Challenges

Southeast Asia is considered one of the most problematic regions of the world in which to build pipelines since it encompasses active volcanos and thousands of islands. With a large land area of 4.46 million square kilometers and many countries, it is home to 616 million people, 150 million of whom have no access to electricity. Currently, gas comes in third behind coal and hydro as a source of the region’s electricity generation. However, it is a dynamic region with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) economies forecast to triple in size between 2013 and 2035, and demand for energy expected to rise by over 80%. ASEAN country’s gas reserves stand at 3.5%

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