On Monday 26 June 2017, the Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok together with the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Thailand hosted a seminar to present opportunities for further collaboration between Norway and Thailand in the liquefied natural gas, LNG, sector. The seminar was supported by Innovation Norway and the Thai-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce.
Access to energy plays an important role in safeguarding Thailand’s sustainable economic future. If Thailand is to fully exploit its potential for growth and sustainable development, a diversity of energy sources is needed.
Liquefied Natural Gas is a commodity that is globally available and relatively clean. With a planned import capacity of 34.4 MTPA in 2036, Thailand is now set to become the largest importer of LNG in Southeast Asia. LNG contributes to reducing CO2 emissions while at the same time improving local pollution from energy production.
For 50 years, Norway has been a trusted partner on the global energy market, both in terms of oil, gas and renewables. In recent decades, Norway’s export of gas from the Norwegian continental shelf has played an increasing role as a global source of energy. Norway’s competitiveness in LNG-trade as well as Norway’s well-documented expertise in the LNG-sector, bodes well for a closer partnership on energy between Norway and Thailand.