Challenges for Industrial Gas Demand in Central Europe
The Central European gas market is going through a period of substantial change and uncertainty, and this is a challenging environment for the countries and companies involved in these gas markets. This paper will explore the specific situation of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland.
The power sector’s share in gas demand in Central Europe is small due to cheap local coal supplies. For this reason, gas fuelled power will not be the major driver of future growth or decline. Residential, commercial and industrial consumers are the main end-users and will continue to be so. The paper will focus on the energy/ industry balances in these three countries and how they may evolve over the next decade. Special attention will be given to energy policy and regulation and how this may impact on gas demand – positively or negatively – and the gas versus coal versus renewables (if relevant) situation. The study will also focus on the future of important energy-consuming industries in these countries.