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USA: Gas Markets IEA Chief Meets US Secretary of State

| Editor: Ahlam Rais

Dr Fatih Birol also met other key ministers to discuss the global scenario of the gas markets as well the increase of energy production in the country. During his visit, he also launched the IEA’s latest gas market analysis, Gas 2018 at the World Gas Conference.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (left) greets IEA Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol at the US State Department.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (left) greets IEA Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol at the US State Department.
(Source: IEA)

Washington/USA – Dr Fatih Birol, the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), recently met the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department during a two-day visit to the United States. Dr Birol and Secretary Pompeo discussed recent developments in the global gas markets, as well as the critical role of the IEA for global energy security and plans for advancing the agency's modernisation agenda. He also met with US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, and discussed the growth in energy production from the United States in recent years, a key topic of analysis for the IEA.

During his visit to Washington, Dr Birol also launched the IEA’s latest gas market analysis, Gas 2018, at the World Gas Conference. In a plenary address before 500 guests, he emphasized the growing role of gas and LNG in the global energy balance.

The report found, among other things that within five years the United States will account for close to three-quarters of all LNG export growth and its market share will jump to 20 % in 2023, from 4 % today. China is also set to dominate the growth in global gas demand in the next five years and becomes the largest natural gas importer by 2019.

Dr Birol also had several high-level bilateral meetings with Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources; Parviz Shahbazov, the Energy Minister of Azerbaijan; Frank Fannon, the Assistant US Secretary of State; and Darren Woods, the Chairman and Chief Executive of Exxon Mobil.

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