North America’s prolific natural gas fields likely won’t have difficulty producing enough gas to meet domestic demand and the world’s burgeoning LNG needs, according to analysts, but uncertainties—including those surrounding infrastructure—still exist.

“If it were a country on its own, it would actually be the world’s third-largest gas producer,” Alastair Nojek, analyst for McKinsey & Co., said of the Appalachia Basin during a recent North American gas perspectives webinar. “However, new pipelines will be needed in the long term or production will again become constrained.

“Given the difficulty seen during the last wave of pipeline buildout, Appalachia infrastructure remains a key uncertainty for the North American gas market,” he added.

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