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LNG in World Markets

Repsol Eyes LNG Asset Sale to Avoid Downgrade
August 01, 2012
Repsol is facing junk bond status following the expropriation of its Argentine subsidiary YPF in April and a chain of subsequent events. The company’s LNG assets have been put up for sale as part of a divestment strategy to stave off a further ratings downgrade.
Indian Terminal Schemes Short Of Term LNG
August 01, 2012
The collapse in production at India's Krishna Godavari D6 block has sparked a plethora of LNG import schemes. Despite the obvious need for new supplies to support these projects, buyers in the country have yet to make long-term commitments to fill prospective capacity.
Hot Weather Helps Soak Up Surplus US Supply
August 01, 2012
By all measures, the US continues to be awash in natural gas. But hot weather this summer and droughts across the country mean the market is slowly beginning to work its way through the surplus.
Peru And Mexico Renegotiate Contract At Manzanillo
August 01, 2012
As deliveries into the new import terminal at Manzanillo on Mexico’s Pacific coast ramp up, Mexican and Peruvian authorities have returned to the bargaining table to renegotiate pricing and other terms under Repsol’s contract with state-owned power generator CFE.
Spot Market Slides As Traders Search For Direction
August 01, 2012
Asian spot prices continued their slide in July and are now trading in the mid-$13/MMBtu range. Traders reckon the market could remain at this level for another couple of months as buyer appetite for LNG in the East remains muted.
European Buyers Eye August For LNG Rebound
August 01, 2012
A slack Asian market has raised hopes that Europe might at last see an uptick in LNG imports. Data for July suggest buyers will have to wait until August for any rebound, however.
Floating Import Schemes Proliferate In Mideast Gulf
August 01, 2012
As hydrocarbon rich Mideast Gulf countries confront a lack of gas to fuel their rapidly growing economies, they are increasingly turning to imported LNG. Deliveries into the region through floating regasification terminals could triple this decade.
Power Shortages Drive LNG Expansion In Chile
August 01, 2012
To keep the economy on an expected 5% growth rate, Chile needs to add 8,000 MW to its 17,000 MW power system by 2020. Given the immediate need for more gas, two new LNG import terminals, both employing floating regasification vessels, are in the works.
Financially Traded LNG Swaps Seek Niche Role
August 01, 2012
The first exchange-cleared, financial LNG derivative contract, or LNG swap, traded in mid-July via the Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s European office.
Queensland’s Australia Pacific LNG Sanctions Train 2
August 01, 2012
ConocoPhillips and Origin Energy announced on July 3 a final investment decision for the second 4.5 MMt/y train at their Australia Pacific LNG project being built at Gladstone in the state of Queensland. Doubling APLNG’s capacity significantly reduces unit production costs and boosts the venture’s financial robustness.
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