The Cameron LNG project. Low oil prices may hit Asian interest in LNG from the US Gulf coast. (Sempra LNG) LNG

US LNG losing some of its lustre thanks to oil

Lower oil prices and a looser market will make US offtake less competitive in Asia, where spot prices are already on the wane.

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An LNG tanker at South Korea’s Incheon terminal. The country’s demand for the fuel has dropped. (Kogas)
Supply & Demand

Asian market in hibernation as imports wane

The Asian LNG market is stuck in bearish territory as demand from the world’s largest importers wanes because of mild weather.

Hungarian energy infrastructure
Supply & Demand

Hungary caught between east and west on gas

Hungary has been a key player in the debate over South Stream and EU-Russia energy relations this year, with 2015 set to be a big year for policymakers in Budapest.

A gas storage facility in China. The country’s storage capability covers just 2% of its annual usage. (Beijing Gas Group)
Pipelines, Storage & Power

China leans on distributors to play storage role

China is looking to expand its gas storage infrastructure, with local distribution companies called upon to play a bigger part.

Russia’s Bovanenkovo field. Gazprom is losing its most valuable customers to independents. (Gazprom)
Supply & Demand

Gazprom’s profitable Russian customers dwindle

Independent Russian gas producers are poaching Gazprom’s most profitable customers, but the monopoly may prove resilient.

Artist’s impression of Shell’s Prelude FLNG project, which is under construction in South Korea. (Shell)
LNG

China trails neighbours in FLNG R&D and tech

China’s interest in floating liquefaction is increasing, but South Korea and Japan remain far ahead in terms of cultivating the expertise for developing FLNG technology.

Natural Gas Analysis ››

Gazprom’s access to the OPAL pipeline remains limited to 50%, although a decision to release the blocked capacity could be reached in January. (Wingas) Europe & Russia

OPAL – the politics of pipelines

Gazprom’s access to the OPAL pipeline remains limited to 50%, although a decision to release the blocked capacity could be reached in January. It could facilitate increased flows to Europe, but will it happen?

  • Europe

    European hub prices continue to fall

    Low demand caused by mild weather weighed on European prices this week. NBP day-ahead prices are now around 53 p/th, having fallen from 55 p/th a week ago.

  • North America

    Bears weigh on Henry Hub futures

    Mild weather, low gas storage withdrawals and reduced nuclear power plant outages in the United States have all weighed on the Henry Hub front-month futures price.

EU Energy Policy ››

EU Commissioner for Climate and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete (centre) at the UN climate summit in Lima. To his right is Francesco La Camera, general director of the Italian Environment Ministry (European Commission).
Environmental Policy

Lima let-down poses risk to global carbon dioxide deal

The UN climate summit in Lima failed to produce concrete proposals to curb CO2 emissions, clouding the outlook for a global deal in Paris next December.

South Stream would have resulted in over-capacity for Gazprom, says Andrei Belyi. (Gazprom)
Investment & Finance

Energy companies hit hard by EU sanctions – Belyi

Andrei Belyi, senior researcher at the Centre for the EU-Russia Studies at the University of Tartu, speaks to Interfax about the effect of Western sanctions on Russia, why Gazprom does not need South Stream, and the future for EU-Russia relations.

Global carbon policies.
Environmental Policy

Global linkage of carbon markets remains a challenge

An international carbon market with globally linked systems is far off, but is seen as a realistic alternative to an uncertain agreement at the UN climate summit in Paris next year.

Maroš Šefčovič (third from left), met representatives from EU countries involved in South Stream this week. (EC)
Energy Security

South Stream cancellation leaves room for alternative routes

The countries most affected by the cancellation of Russia’s South Stream pipeline have reaffirmed their commitment to the project – while also pledging cooperation on alternative infrastructure projects.

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