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Natural gas price trends could boost domestic manufacturing

A new report from the International Energy Agency indicates that more manufacturing jobs are likely to move to the United States and away from Europe and Asia because of low-priced natural gas.
by Adam Wilmoth Modified: November 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm •  Published: November 14, 2013

The vast amount of oil and natural gas available in the United States continues to change world dynamics.

The International Energy Agency this week said the trend likely will lead manufacturing jobs to move to the United States and away from Europe and Asia.

“Lower energy prices in the United States mean that it is well-placed to reap an economic advantage, while higher costs of energy-intensive industries in Europe and Japan are set to be a heavy burden,” IEA chief economist Fatih Birol said in a statement this week as the IEA released its World Energy Outlook 2013.

The report pointed out that natural gas in the United States trades at one-third the import price in Europe and one-fifth the price in Japan.

The report found that “large variations in energy prices” will persist through 2035, “affecting company strategies and investment decisions in energy-intensive industries.”

“Average Japanese or European industry consumers pay more than twice as much for electricity as their counterparts in the United States, and even China's industry pays almost double the U.S. level,” the report stated.

While the IEA report paints a bullish picture for domestic manufacturing, the findings were not all positive for oil and natural gas companies.

OPEC trends upward

The outlook challenges the belief of many Oklahoma producers by projecting domestic oil growth to slow by 2030.

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by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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