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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

Find out about some of the previous events held by Durham Energy Institute:

DEI Seminar Series: Globalising UK Energy Security? Emergent Geographies of Liquefied Natural Gas (Prof Gavin Bridge)

11th December 2014, 13:00 to 14:00, E245 in Engineering and Computer Sciences

In this talk Professor Gavin bridge reports on new research into the geographical and organisational structure of the trade in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) with a focus on its implications for UK gas security.

Production of LNG has doubled in the last decade, opening up new markets and sources of gas supply. Although a global gas market – characterised by significant inter-regional trade and price convergence - has yet to emerge, the geographical flexibility of LNG establishes the pre-conditions for a market in gas similar to that for oil. The UK has seen significant investment in LNG import infrastructure since 2005, co-incident with the decline of domestic gas production. I show how the scale and provenance of recent LNG flows into the UK reflect some of the forces now shaping gas markets, and illustrate how through LNG the UK has effectively 'globalised' its gas security. I introduce a Global Production Networks approach drawn from economic geography to 'map' the organisational and geographical structure of the growing LNG sector and comment on its implications for UK gas security.

Gavin Bridge is Professor of Economic Geography at Durham University. His research centres on the political economy and political ecology of extractive industries, and has been funded by the US National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, European Commission, and the UK Energy Research Centre. He is author (with Philippe Le Billon) of 'Oil' published by Polity Press (2012), and a founder member of the Energy Geographies Working Group of the Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers.