Figure 3.2 below shows the historical and forecasted annual gas demand of the Southern Corridor Region compared to the rest of the European Union between 2013 and 2026. It shows that historically the 9 countries of the Southern Corridor Region made up around 25% of the total EU demand.
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Figure 3.2: EU 28 and Southern Corridor annual gas demand
The demand for natural gas is expected to mark a moderate increase over the next ten years and this despite the decrease registered in some of the recent years. The countries of the Southern Corridor Region estimate to account for more than 27% of the total EU gas demand in 10 years as shown in the following table 3.1. This increase, from 26,2% to 27.4%, in the forecast of the 10 next years, reflects the present potential still to be exploited in several of the Region’s gas markets, where natural gas was rather recently introduced in the energy mix therefore the penetra- tion of gas is still ongoing and the perspectives for increase of gas demand for power generation in some of the Region’s countries.