BP deal in Guangdong
BP signed a supply agreement for regasified LNG with China’s ENN Group in support of the growing energy needs of the southern province of Guangdong. Under the terms of the agreement, BP will provide ENN with 300,000 tonnes per annum of pipeline gas regasified from LNG for a period of two years from January 2021. The LNG will be received and regasified through the receiving terminal of Guangdong Dapeng LNG where BP holds regasification capacity.
Henry Hub forecasts
The US Henry Hub natural gas spot price averaged $1.63 per million British thermal units in June, the lowest inflation-adjusted price going back to at least 1989, as a result of low demand, the Energy Information Administration said in its short-term outlook. However, the EIA expects falling production will put upward pressure on natural gas prices through the end of 2021. It forecasts that Henry Hub spot prices will average $1.93 per MMBtu in 2020 and $3.10 per MMBtu in 2021.
Charter rates steady
Shipping charter rates for LNG carriers in the spot market are little changed over the past week. Rates were quoted at an average of between $33,000 per day and $35,000 per day West of Suez and at rates of between $29,000 per day and $32,000 per day East of Suez for vessels of between 155,000-165,000 cubic metres capacity, according to various brokers. One-year time charters were steady for the most modern vessels and were seen at rates of around $44,000 per day.