GDF Suez SA, operator of Europe's biggest natural gas network, said it may consider investing in U.S. shale gas for export to Asia as demand grows, Bloomberg News reported.
American shale production assets would be too expensive, but GDF Suez may study investments in liquefaction and supply contracts, Deputy Head of Gas Jean-Marie Dauger said on Wednesday at a Paris conference.
"We could look at the downstream part," he said of possible spending on supplies for export from 2017.
GDF is watching projects to develop U.S. gas export terminals for liquified natural gas that would be shipped in tankers, Dauger said.
His company has a LNG import terminal near Boston and no shale gas assets.
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