Assessing LPG and LNG as alternative energy sources for the Pacific PDF Print E-mail

Thursday 11 September 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji



There is a growing global trend towards using cleaner and cheaper fuel. The Pacific region has always faced difficulties with this type of change, due to its huge dependence on imported expensive fossil fuels for transportation, power generation, shipping and cooking. 


In many countries, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) are being used as alternative energy sources  due to the emergence of new gas supply centres, increasing numbers of proven reserves, rapid technological advances, competitive pricing and the environmental friendly nature of these energy sources.


In February 2014, the Management Committee of the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) approved a concept note and budget for the implementation of a research project proposed by the World Bank to consider the potential for expanding LPG use and the possible introduction of natural gas in the form of LNG as alternative energy sources for the Pacific Islands.


The research study was endorsed at the Second Pacific Regional Energy and Transport Ministers’ Meeting that was organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and held  in Nadi, Fiji in April. The meeting also highlighted the importance of assessing the potential for increased penetration of LPG and the potential introduction of LNG to reduce the environmental impact of fossil fuels and significantly reduce energy costs.


Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014 15:40
SPC supports Tuvalu to complete its petroleum industry review PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday 9 September 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji



The small island state of Tuvalu imports about 4.5 million litres of fuel per year, the bulk of which is diesel fuel to generate electricity. This is about twice the volume imported in the mid-1990s and accounts for more than 20% of the total Tuvalu gross domestic product (GDP).


Therefore, there is a strong incentive to address petroleum consumption issues in all sectors of the economy and to devise appropriate policy responses to promote energy conservation. More importantly, the high reliance on petroleum for energy needs and the associated cost highlights the importance of introducing energy pricing templates and other instruments to reduce costs and inform policy decisions that will enhance conservation and end-use efficiency.


In partnership with the Government of Tuvalu, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Petroleum Advisory Service, conducted a petroleum industry review (PIR) and presented the PIR report recommendations to the government during its recent in-country mission.  The mission involved consultations with several industry stakeholders, including the private sector on the PIR recommendations and their implications. The team also assisted in the development of strategies and activities as part of an action plan to progress work toward achieving the agreed recommendations.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 09:36

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