Access to natural gas markets plays an important role in achieving a clean energy future, but development of natural gas and/or access to LNG  require governments to put in place transparent policies that encourage gas market development and access, including the development of infrastructure.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of International Affairs, working with the DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy, with assistance from the U.S. Energy Association and funding from USAID, created an LNG handbook, “Understanding LNG and Natural Gas Options”.  You can also find a French translation at “Comprehension Options du gaz naturel et du GNL”.

This handbook focuses on the challenges and opportunities for realization of fully functioning markets for natural gas in Africa, where accessing natural gas can enable public entities and private companies to generate power from indigenous resources and LNG exports. For those countries without resource potential or in transition to developing resource potential, developing LNG receiving capability can provide a clean fuel for generating electricity, producing industry feedstocks, and fueling industries. Participation in regional and global LNG markets promotes growth for all countries involved.

The aim of this book is to provide a guide to the basic issues that must be considered when planning or implementing natural gas and LNG projects. DOE organized several workshops in 2016 to set the stage for a book drafting workshop in November/December 2016. International Affairs will hold two to three workshops in Africa to discuss the findings of the Handbook and provide partner nations with more detailed information from a network of experts. Secretary Perry led a workshop on October 23, 2017 on Sharing Natural Gas Development in Cape Town, South Africa.

DOE’s Offices of International Affairs and Fossil Energy are exploring replicating and expanding the Handbook for other emerging Natural Gas and LNG markets. The first edition of a Global Handbook without tailored regional content is currently available at Global LNG Fundamentals”. 

Understanding Natural Gas and LNG Options Workshop, Maputo Mozambique.
Understanding Natural Gas and LNG Options workshop in Maputo Mozambique.