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Unformatted text preview: %. The natural gas share in the world energy mix represented 20.9% in 2004 and it will increase by 87% to 4,000 billion cubic metres by 2030. Russia possesses the world largest gas resources – 26.6%. The situation is more optimistic as far as coal reserves are concerned, since they are distributed around the world and the reserves-to-production ration (R/P) is estimated at 155 years.50 Demand will increase to 7,300 million tones in 2030 from 5,200 in 2003. The problem with coal is pollution. Nuclear power, another energy source, accounted for 6.5% of the world’s total primary energy supply in 2004. The number of nuclear power reactors 49 50 World Energy Outlook 2008. Available on: <www.worldenergyoutlook.org/>. European Energy Forum. Available on: <www.europeanenergyforum.eu/archives/news-from/internationalenergy-agency/key-world-energy-statistics-2007>. 40 © Ifri F. Harbo / The European Gas and Oil Market around the world is estimated to increase up to 60% by 2030, according to an a...
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