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China’s domestic gas market tightens as the winter approaches and CNOOC anticipates a 10% rise in demand to 148.7 billion cubic meters (bcm). In northern China, gas demand peaks during…
City-gas distributors in China will benefit from timelier fuel-cost pass-through under the national gas market reform, Fitch Rating reckons. With pipeline access now open to all, those with access to…
President Xi Jinping has pledged that China, the world’s largest carbon emitter, will reach peak emissions before 2030 and aspires to become carbon-neutral by 2060. If realized, this ambitious goal…
China Petroleum and Chemical Corp., better known as Sinopec, has seen net profits slump 45.7 percent to 23.51 billion Chinese yuan ($3.5 billion) in the year to date in a…
China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) has raised its year-to-date domestic gas production to 311.3 billion cubic feet (bcf), up from 250.6 bcf, in a first step towards making gas…
Wison Offshore and Marine, the owner of the Chinese shipyard at Nantong in Jiangsu province, has started to modernize the yard’s LNG shipbuilding capability. The upgrade will expand the yard’s…
U.S. liquefaction plant developer Venture Global sees LNG-fuelled power generation as “a counter” to China’s building spree of new coal power units. By turning to LNG, utilities can “regain control…
Monday, 02 November 2020
2.77mmt on the water with a delivery horizon of 1st December, with c. 44 percent due in the North China region. At the time of writing, there were also cargoes…
China’s LNG offtake declined by 0.49mmt month-on-month in October, decreasing significantly by 8.7 percent to 5.07mmt. Monthly Chinese offtakes had grown by 0.41mmt (7.7 percent) in August, whereas month-on-month demand…
Asian spot LNG prices have risen to a more than a six-month high in mid-August on concerns over production from Australia’s Gorgon plant. Gorgon LNG Train-2 has been shut for…
China remains the largest market for investment in 2020, with as the initial 12% fall in energy spending is now getting compensated by revived industrial activity and a renewed hunger…
Asia is expected to account for the highest global LNG regasification capacity increases. The region is forecast to contribute about 69% of the total regasification capacity additions by 2024.
Fitch Ratings believes the recent gas-fired power tariff cut in China's Guangdong province came in response to the falling spot gas price. The government aims to increase the ratio of…
China’s southern province of Guandong is considering cutting electricity rates that gas-fired generators can charge from their customers by 5-12%. If enacted, this rate cut risks derailing a wider policy…
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News Nudges

Spot charter rates up

Shipping charter rates for LNG carriers in the spot market increased over the past week by a further $20,000 per day. Rates were quoted at an average of between $100,000 per day and $110,000 per day West of Suez. The same levels of spot rates were also talked about for the East of Suez charter market for vessels of between 155,000-165,000 cubic metres capacity, according to various brokers.


‘Carbon neutral’ LNG

French energy major Total said it delivered its first shipment of “carbon neutral” liquefied natural gas with the recipient being the China National Offshore Oil Corp. The loading operation was carried out at the Ichthys liquefaction plant near Darwin in Northern Australia, and where Total is a shareholder in the plant run by Japan’s Inpex Corp. Total said the shipment was delivered on September 29 to the Dapeng terminal in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong. Royal Dutch Shell delivered the first such LNG cargoes with offsets against nature programmes like forestry.


UK-China LNG deal

Centrica, the UK utility and LNG market participant, has agreed to sell LNG to China under a long-term contract. The binding 15-year Sales and Purchase Agreement is for 500,000 tonnes per annum of supplies to the Shenergy Group. Deliveries are expected to start in 2024.