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In 2011, after the accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, the International Energy Agency (IEA), in its special edition World Energy Outlook, indicated the 'golden age' of natural gas during the period to 2035. It based this prediction on the following expectations:
1) Enormous economic growth in China coupled with significant natural gas consumption,
2) A low share of nuclear energy in electric power generation,
3) An increase in the use of natural gas in the transportation sector,
4) A boom unconventional gas and its low prices.