Without new operations, the global market for liquefied natural gas could slip into a deficit by the middle of the next decade, Royal Dutch Shell said. The Dutch supermajor said total demand for the super-cooled form of gas has swelled in recent years. Since 2000, the number of supplier nations has doubled, while those importing it quadrupled. Trade tripled since the start of the century. Liquefied natural gas offers more maneuverability when compared with piped gas because it can avoid some of the geopolitical and transnational issues associated with building infrastructure across national borders. Island nations like Japan, meanwhile, have looked to LNG more since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. China is taking on more LNG as it’s economy expands and the […]