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Monday, December 14, 2009
All that Gas...
Speaker: Leonardo Maugeri, Senior Executive Vice President, Eni S.p.A
Natural gas was the poor cousin of petroleum for most of its history.
Since the 1980s, however, things have changed dramatically. Today it
is the fossil fuel with the rosiest future. In the course of this
century, it may even become the first source of primary energy for our
planet. Yet, several problems and questions weigh on its future.
Could the volatility of ?boom-and-bust cycles? limit the investments
available to develop it ? particularly as far as unconventional gas is
With no global gas market, the developed structure is based on three
major regional markets, each with different price mechanisms and
features. Will future evolutions reinforce or upset this rigidity?
Some big producers, through the control of both production and prices,
seem keen to use natural gas as a political weapon. Is this only
temporary, or will it lead to the formation of a gas cartel ? an OPEC
of natural gas?
In the Middle East and North Africa, power consumption is booming, as
well as the need to inject more natural gas into crude oil deposits to
enhance oil recovery. How will producers resolve these dilemmas? Will
their choice imply a major move towards nuclear energy?
Finally, will carbon capture and storage and future renewables pose a
challenge to natural gas?
Leonardo Maugeri, Senior Executive Vice President of Eni, S.p.A. and
MITEI External Advisory Board member, will discuss these issues.
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative
For more information, contact:
jtwomey at mit.edu
Tuesday, December 15 at 7:00pm
Central Square Library, 45 Pearl St.
The Cambridge Climate Emergency Congress - Report and Response
Mayor Simmons has called a Climate Emergency Congress, with sessions
in December and January. GreenPort's representatives will report on
the first session of the Congress, and will ask for responses and
ideas to bring back to the second session of the Congress in January.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for public participation in
forging solutions to the most critical issue we face.
Make your voice heard!
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