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Russia’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…
With 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
China’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…
Though 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…
Wednesday, 01 April 2020
Indian utility buyers have stepped up LNG imports, snapping up distressed cargoes for cheap. Coal-to-gas switching allows Indian power generators to absorb a large share of cargoes left uncommitted as…
PetroChina, affiliate of state-owned China National Petroleum, recorded a 6 percent rise in annual revenues to 2,520 billion Chinese yuan ($350.8 bn) but net profits fell 14 percent. Hence, the…
China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) has seen annual net profits rise almost 16 percent as it achieved record production in 2019.Total net oil and gas production amounted to 506.5…
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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.