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Friday, 04 September 2020
Free Read1.52mmt on the water with a delivery horizon of 10th October, with c. 47% due in the North China region. At the time of writing, we saw three cargoes that…
Friday, 04 September 2020
China’s m/m LNG offtake grew by 0.25mmt in August, increasing robustly by 5% to 5.54mmt. Monthly Chinese offtakes had decreased by 0.48mmt (-8%) in June, meaning that the country realigned…
The Chinese economy has recovered swiftly after lockdowns were lifted and factories already operate at 87% of normal output since early April, pushing up energy demand. Australia emerged as China’s…
Free ReadRussia’s state gas company Gazprom seeks to boost gas production in Yakutia and enhance pressure as well as throughput at the ‘Power of Siberia’ pipeline. There is “plenty of supply,”…
Manufacturing is resuming in China, but the recovery from the coronavirus lockdown still needs to translate in a substantial rise in energy demand. China was the first to implement containment…
Terms of natural gas sales are changing. In the power sector gas no longer competes with oil, but coal and renewables – making hub-indexation traders' preferential choice. Across Asia, including…
The area around Tianjin in northeast China currently has floating and onshore import terminals and is already the nation’s leading LNG importer, but an expansion of the onshore terminal and…
Free ReadWith the Northern Sea Route from Arctic Russia to North Asia opening up earlier this year, the first LNG cargo is on route from Novatek’s Yamal LNG export terminal to…
Avenir LNG has obtained debt financing to meet the remaining payments on delivery of six small-scale LNG carriers under construction in Asia. The company, owned by three Norwegian shipping firms,…
Thursday, 04 June 2020
Total of 1.80mmt on the water with a delivery horizon of 7th July, with more than half due in the North China region. Three cargoes originated in the United States…
Thursday, 04 June 2020
Free ReadChina’s m/m LNG offtake grew by 0.42mmt in May, increasing robustly by 7.17% to 6.28mmt. Monthly Chinese offtakes had also grown by 1.48mmt (33.8%) in April, meaning that the country…
The first LNG cargo from the United States for more than a year is heading for the Chinese port Tianjin, east of Beijing, from the Cameron export plant in Louisiana…
Though Chinese workers have returned to factories of Airbus, General Motors and Toyota in recent days, many remain shuttered due to coronavirus quarantine measures. The recovery of Chinese gas demand…
Free ReadThough the latest oil price crash hits U.S. upstream companies, for Asian buyers it’s a blessing as the pricing of oil-indexed long term gas contracts is bound will come down…

News Nudges

Europe’s gas crisis limits available FSRU vessels in Southeast Asia

Mounting gas shortages in Europe has not only drawn flexible LNG volumes away from Asia but also limited the number of available floating storage and regas (FSRU) vessels, the International Energy Agency (IEA) finds. To replace missing Russian supplies, European importers chartered 12 FSRU that were initially destined for LNG-to-power projects in Southeast Asia. Just over 20 FSRU vessels were available or under construction as of August. Since the war in Ukraine started in mid-February, 12 FSRUs have been chartered by European utility buyers for recently approved import terminals. Nine additional FSRU-based terminals are planned as EU gas buyers rush to replace Russian pipeline gas with LNG imports.The scarcity of floating LNG import terminals risk to slow down the electrification of emerging markets in Southeast Asia, where FRSU were meant to account for a sizeable share of future regas capacity. Gas is no longer the fuel of choice for decentralized power projects in Asia, as prices have gone through the roof and developers opt for renewables combined with energy storage instead.