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October 2021
LNG journal September 2021 LEAD STORY

China buys LNG early for winter, but fresh demand forecast from October

High energy prices and a slowing of China’s V-shaped economic recovery have lowered LNG imports in the second half of this year. LNG shipments surged early in 2021 on the back of China’s swift rebound from the pandemic, but market observers warn current gas storage levels are not sufficient to meet demand going into winter 2021-22, so utility buyers are bound to return in October. Markets Editor Anja Karl investigates.

 

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LNG’s emerging role as a transition fuel in light of a tight market

BioLNG set to gradually replace fossil LNG as a marine fuel

September trade set for month-on-month growth

A round-up of latest events, company and industry news

WinGD takes holistic approach to de-carbonisation

 

September 2021
LNG journal September 2021 LEAD STORY

Qatar’s push to retake LNG throne

Qatar is determined to re-ascend as the world’s foremost LNG producer by capacity before 2030. The country has its sights fixed on market share expansion in the Far East. However, the market is shifting and Qatar may have to adapt. Markets Editor Alexander Wilk investigates.

 

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EU gas prices ease as Nord Stream 2 curbs LNG imports

Is a 10-year deal the new “long term” duration for LNG SPAs?

Broadly steady trade in July underpinned by higher exports in US, Australia and Qatar

A round-up of latest events, company and industry news.

V.Group expands its LNGC shipmanagement offering.

 

July/August 2021
LNG journal March 2021 LEAD STORY

Sub-Saharan LNG imports – a tale of chicken and egg

Comments by market participants and academic research point to substantial ‘suppressed’ electricity demand in Sub-Saharan Africa. However, mirroring factors of scale and investment hamper expansion, writes Markets Editor Alexander Wilk reports.

 

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Weaker monthly trade in June cushioned by recovering Pacific exports

A round-up of latest events, company and industry news

Turnkey retrofit fuel tank system gains AiP

Kongsberg wins two LNGC fleet contracts

MPA expands LNG bunker licensing.

 

June 2021
LNG journal March 2021 LEAD STORY

PETRONAS adopts hybrid LNG pricing

Malaysia’s state-owned PETRONAS has shown flexibility towards long-term LNG buyers by adopting hybrid price formulae. Some of the recently concluded sales agreements with Chinese buyers are based on China’s domestic LNG Truck prices, and a spot cargo from Bintulu, Malaysia was sold under a new ICE NGX index (AECO); our Markets Editor Anja Karl was told.

 

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Tanzania’s need for speed.

China tells Tier-2 buyers to shun Australian LNG

Weaker Pacific LNG flows likely cushioned by higher US, Qatari exports in May

A round-up of latest events, company and industry news

Can LNGCs take the giant step to carbon neutrality?

 

May 2021
LNG journal March 2021 LEAD STORY

Test hydrogen shipments come out of Australia and Brunei

Investors flock to South Australia which is turning into a prime producer of green hydrogen (NH3) and ammonia – rival fuels to LNG for ships, trucks and power stations.

 

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Mozambican LNG prospects.

LNG trade still lagging March equivalent by third week of April

A round-up of latest events, company and industry news

LNGCs and EEXI

LNG bunkering scale-up drives new innovation

 

April 2021
LNG journal March 2021 LEAD STORY

Rush to supply Far East relies on European gas storage

A steep drop in temperatures alongside supply constraints in the Pacific led to European gas storage capacity effectively balancing the global gas market, our Markets Editor Alexander Wilk reports.

 

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China – LNG and Energy Transition.

March LNG trade under pressure due to lower demand, maintenance & Suez blockage

A round-up of latest events, company and industry news

MES unveils new LNGC main propulsion unit

Specialist FSRU converted for African power project

Global trade lanes strengthen case for LNG fuelling

 

March 2021
LNG journal March 2021 LEAD STORY

Rush to supply Far East relies on European gas storage

A steep drop in temperatures alongside supply constraints in the Pacific led to European gas storage capacity effectively balancing the global gas market, our Markets Editor Alexander Wilk reports.

 

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Texas limits LNG exports during February’s cold freeze to avoid grid collapse.

February trade down on supply issues and lower Far Eastern demand

‘Green LNG’ trend turns natural gas into primary fossil fuel of the 21st century

A round-up of latest events, company and industry news

GTT adds to portfolio

 

February 2021
LNG journal February 2021 LEAD STORY

A way forward for FLNG

The first implementations of FLNG technology were balance sheet financed with concepts capturing all stages of gas production on one vessel. However, this resulted in very costly projects, with cheaper innovations seeking to edge them out as leading concepts. Markets Editor Alexander Wilk reports.

 

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US-China trade remains fractious under new Biden administration.

January trade growth likely weaker than in December

LNG’s future will be a ‘greener’ one

Maintaining shipboard equipment vital

Second Arc7 series construction starts

 

January 2021
LNG journal January 2021 LEAD STORY

South Asian LNG demand – a giant slowly uncurls

Over the past decade, the number of South Asian LNG importers has steadily expanded. Whilst most remain relatively small, two of the larger ones – India and Thailand – highlight both ambitious plans as well as potential pitfalls. Markets Editor Alexander Wilk reports.

 

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Diverging fortunes for Germany’s three rival LNG projects.

December trade continues to improve on seasonal high demand in Asia

A round-up of latest events, company and industry news

WE Tech awarded several LNGC contracts

LNG related AiPs come thick and fast