December 2019, Vol. 246, No. 12

Features

Europe’s Gas Distribution in Need of Evolution

By Nicholas Newman, Contributing Editor   Europe is in transition toward a low-carbon economy in which fossil fuels’ share of the energy mix is projected to fall from nearly 75% in 2017 to 59% in 2040, according to BP’s latest Energy Outlook, due mainly to declining coal power generation in many countries.    The Nord Stream 2 route. In the short term, the decline in North Sea’s gas output, phasing out of coal and nuclear power plants and the increasing use of gas-peaking plants, should increase the demand for natural gas by 20 Bcm, which is enough to satisfy one-third of Europe’s market need in 2025.     However, by mid-century, impr

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