Thursday, 17 February 2022 09:32

Monthly Data - February 2022

In January, our data showed global LNG trade had grown marginally by 0.24mmt (0.7 percent) over the equivalent period in December.

Wednesday, 16 February 2022 07:32

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Wednesday, 16 February 2022 06:41

US LNG Exports Climb to New Weekly Record

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Growing domestic opposition to ever-increasing US LNG exports notwithstanding, the country’s shipments of the super-chilled fuel climbed to a new record last week. The bulk of last week’s cargoes are destined for Europe where a protracted gas shortage keeps US LNG producers keen to push for ever-higher output. 

The highest weekly US export level on record also coincided with the maiden cargo of Venture Global’s new Calcasieu Pass LNG project being loaded onto the LNG carrier Yiannis.

US LNG exports climbed to a new weekly record last week, our data show. Exports from the six fully operational plants grew by 0.54mmt (39pct) to 1.93mmt last week from 1.39mmt the week prior.

This represents a new record in weekly exports for the country and places last week among the highest week-on-week growth instances since US LNG exports began. 

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Europe main destination

Roughly 82pct of last week’s US LNG exports were headed for Europe at the time of writing whilst only two shipments aboard the Sabine Pass LNG-derived LNG Sakura and the Freeport LNG-derived Palu LNG were headed for the Pacific Basin and the Far East.

There was also a single cargo aboard the Diamond Gas Crystal headed for the Salvador FSRU in Brazil as well as two cargoes that still had to declare their destination.

Domestic resistance growing

Whilst US LNG exports to Europe come at a time the continent is suffering from a protected gas shortage – which has contributed to a tight market and, in turn, incentivized US LNG exports – there is growing resistance within the United States to ever-rising gas exports.

As we reported in December last year, concern about rising natural gas prices among large energy users has resulted in trade group Industrial Energy Consumers of America (IECA) sending a letter to US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm last “to take immediate action” to limit LNG exports.

Last week, a group of ten senators equally called for the Department of Energy to limit LNG exports and consider halting permit approvals until the effects of continued export growth on the domestic gas market had been studied. “Despite the heavy burden rising natural gas prices has placed on American families, the U.S. is exporting record levels of natural gas to other countries, a trend that is only expected to continue,” the senatorial group argued in a letter to the Energy Secretary.

“Projections of exponentially increased U.S. exports will cause real harm to American families’ ability to pay their home energy bills.”

Calcasieu Pass LNG start-up

Meanwhile, Venture Global’s new Calcasieu Pass LNG project was among the seven US terminals loading last week.

The newbuild Yiannis was in the process of loading the facility’s maiden cargo at the time of writing, having arrived at the plant on Monday last week, our data show.

The plant received permission to begin commercial cargo loadings earlier than planned. At the beginning of the year, Venture Global had received US regulatory approval to begin commissioning the first two-train block with feedgas. Feedgas supplies have been ramping up throughout January.

The LNG project will add annual capacity of 10mmt to the global market.

Friday, 11 February 2022 06:14

Back Issues 2022

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April 2022
LNG journal January 2021 LEAD STORY

Early LNG cargo signals difficult months ahead for Argentina

Argentina is facing headwinds for its annual LNG purchasing due to stiff market competition at a time when it needs to ratify extensive debt restructuring with the IMF, our Markets Editor Alexander Wilk reports.

 

Also in this issue

Europe can boost LNG imports by two-thirds ‘at best’

March trade returned to net growth from February slump

Fast tracking LNG facilities

Containerised LNG bunker solution receives class AiP

Ukraine crisis transforms LNG fuelling prospects

 

March 2022
LNG journal January 2021 LEAD STORY

Shell urges strategic reform as Russian pipeline gas supplies dwindle

Shell has called for strategic reform against a backdrop of declining Russian gas supplies that predate the current Ukraine crisis and a general gas supply pivot towards China, our Markets Editor Alexander Wilk reports.

 

Also in this issue

Ukraine crisis could spark a wave of FIDs in the United States

Slow January trade growth turned into month-on-month drop in February

LNGCs’ smooth sailing in warm waters

Energy transition will create both challenges and opportunities

LNG road transport development accelerates

 

February 2022
LNG journal January 2021 LEAD STORY

Biden asks Qatar for help in diverting LNG to Europe if Russia cuts off supplies

Sky-high European energy demand, exacerbated by low Russian pipeline gas supply, has prompted US LNG exporters to send cargoes – initially sold to Asia – to northeast Europe instead. US President Joe Biden even approached Qatar, the world’s largest LNG producer, over diverting cargoes to Europe if escalating tensions between Russia and the Ukraine curtail or halt contractual gas transits while European buyers rush to secure spot LNG; our Markets Editor Anja Karl has more.

 

Also in this issue

South America’s contribution to a tight gas market

January trade remains in month-on-month growth, albeit marginally

Largest LNG Bi-Lobe Type C tanks installed on small-scale LNGC

CAPs keep LNGCs in top condition - BV

Future fuels shine spotlight on flexibility

 

January 2022
LNG journal January 2021 LEAD STORY

Argentina’s unrelenting ambition to become an established LNG exporter

Argentina has had a somewhat troubled relationship with natural gas. However, despite its first attempt at LNG exports lasting less than a year, the country remains determined to re-enter the LNG export market, our Markets Editor Alexander Wilk reports.

 

Also in this issue

December trade constitutes continued growth growth

SIGTTO discusses IMO greenhouse gas rules

Arctic shipping’s ice load monitoring to increase

Blended fuels to support cleaner LNG bunker infrastructure

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

 

Wednesday, 09 February 2022 08:06

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Wednesday, 09 February 2022 07:12

Kaliningrad FSRU Arrives at Russian Enclave

Gazprom has reinstalled the 174,000m³ FSRU and LNG carrier Marshal Vasilevskiy at its Kaliningrad FSRU terminal, our data showed at the time of writing.

Sky-high European energy demand, exacerbated by low Russian pipeline gas supply, has prompted US LNG exporters to send cargoes – initially sold to Asia – to northeast Europe instead. US President Joe Biden even approached Qatar, the world’s largest LNG producer, over diverting cargoes to Europe if escalating tensions between Russia and the Ukraine curtail or halt contractual gas transits while European buyers rush to secure spot LNG; our Markets Editor Anja Karl has more. 

Whilst headlines have mostly focussed on Asia and Europe, the South America/Caribbean region has played its own, if volatile, role in the protracted tight natural gas market, our Markets Editor Alexander Wilk reports.