"We are seeing that the demand [for natural gas] will grow substantially, coming from China, India, and, again, Southeast Asian countries," Birol said on Monday.
Natural gas production levels, however, are expected to keep pace with this growth in demand when looking at the Asian gas markets overall, Birol added.
According to Research and Markets, energy demand in Southeast Asia is expected to increase substantially over the next five years. The market research firm believes there will also be higher industrial growth, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and increased urbanization.
Iran plans to export natural gas to China and other Asian countries following the lifting of international sanctions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said last week.