Qatar plans to sharply increase liquefaction capacity at its Ras Laffan facility. (Statoil) LNG

Qatar’s liquefaction plans will extend LNG glut

Qatar’s decision to boost export capacity could limit the potential for a recovery in global LNG prices.

By Peter Stewart 5 July 2017
Sinopec's LNG terminal in Beihai. Chinese LNG imports will also be squeezed by increasing volumes of piped supplies. (Sinopec) LNG

China’s delicate balancing act on gas market reform

The dichotomy between Beijing’s targets to boost gas use and the dynamics of a volatile world market was discussed at an Interfax breakfast seminar in London on Tuesday.

28 June 2017
LNG tanker in Ras Laffin, Qatar. Qatar is the leading MEA LNG supplier to Latin America. (PA) LNG

MEA LNG suppliers pin hopes on Latin America

MEA LNG suppliers, led by Qatar, are taking steps to consolidate their positions in Latin America’s LNG market

26 June 2017
Thousands of protesters hit the streets as corruption allegations continue to dog Brazilian president, Michel Temer. (PA) LNG

Political crisis engulfs Brazil’s gas and LNG sectors

Brazil’s deteriorating political climate has the potential to reduce the country’s need for imported gas and LNG even further.

23 June 2017
Storing natural gas at Changbei, China (Shell) LNG

China’s gas market to provide an import boom

China’s gas market is set to grow and will become increasingly dependent on imports – this will result in a need for more piped and LNG imports.

22 June 2017
Qatar’s fallout with its neighbours risks dampening the appetite for its LNG in the Middle East and Africa. (Qatargas) LNG

Qatari LNG exports embroiled in diplomatic spat

Qatar’s escalating diplomatic fallout with its neighbours risks dampening the appetite for its LNG in the Middle East and Africa.

5 June 2017
A drilling rig off the Brazilian coast. (Anadarko) LNG

Brazil’s gas sector lurches from crisis to crisis

A political crisis unfolding in Brazil has the potential to adversely impact the country’s oil and gas sector.

26 May 2017
Qatargas 4 LNG plant (Shell) LNG

Qatar will fight to keep its LNG market dominance

The world’s biggest LNG exporter will defend its share of the market as competition among suppliers intensifies amid the global glut of the fuel.

25 May 2017
Egypt has been struggling to market LNG from Idku since it started allowing Shell to export cargoes from the plant last year. (Shell) LNG

Egypt makes a comeback with West Nile Delta gas

The startup of Egypt’s West Nile Delta marks a major milestone in the country’s journey to become self-sufficient in gas production.

12 May 2017
Japan’s Takahama nuclear power plant. Reactors 3 and 4 are scheduled to restart in the next few months. (PA) LNG

Japan’s nuclear output to rise this summer

Reactors 3 and 4 at the Takahama nuclear power plant are set to restart by early Q3, boosting Japanese generation capacity.

27 April 2017
Shale gas operation in New England (Nexen) LNG

Challenges ahead for Canadian gas

Canada’s struggle to find customers for its gas will persist as growing shale output in the US provides tough competition.

21 April 2017
LNG carrier Golar Viking delivering LNG at Map Ta Phut LNG terminal, Thailand. (Qatargas) LNG

Thailand faces a growing need for LNG

Thailand is set to become increasingly dependent on imported LNG and could be vulnerable to price spikes as the market tightens.

21 April 2017
Gate LNG terminal, Netherlands. (Gate LNG) LNG

The LNG supply glut – the role of Europe

The outlook for global LNG supply and demand and Europe’s future as an LNG market is explored in this contributed feature by Mike Fulwood from Nexant.

20 April 2017
Ras Laffan in Qatar. Qatar’s liquefaction plants are running at capacity. (Statoil) LNG

Qatar eyes greater exports as North Dome moratorium ends

Qatar is intent on defending its share of LNG and gas exports after lifting a self-imposed moratorium on North Dome.

7 April 2017
Thierry Bros, senior research fellow at the OIES, speaking at Interfax’s seminar. (Interfax) LNG

Brexit may harm UK energy security

UK gas supplies may be less secure when the country leaves the EU, Interfax Chief Energy Analyst Peter Stewart told a seminar at the Brussels Press Club hosted by Interfax on Wednesday.

29 March 2017
In-Salah dry gas field. (Statoil) LNG

Algeria’s gas trade hinges on contract flexibility

Algeria is gradually opting for flexible gas and LNG contracts as competition intensifies and prices remain low.

23 March 2017
US LNG has inundated Mexico’s Manzanillo terminal since exports started up at Sabine Pass Train 3. (Samsung C&T) LNG

US LNG floods Mexico’s Manzanillo terminal

US LNG has inundated Mexico’s Manzanillo terminal since exports started up at Sabine Pass Train 3.

17 March 2017
Gorgon's third train will start up before the end of the month. (Chevron) LNG

Gorgon Train 3 ramp-up cargoes to hit market early

The final train at Australia’s Gorgon LNG project is set to start operations ahead of schedule.

9 March 2017
Cameron LNG plant. The US will become a leading exporter of both gas and liquids. (Sempra LNG) LNG

US ratcheting up exports of crude oil and NGLs

US NGL and crude oil exports may have an even bigger impact on global markets than US LNG, Interfax Chief Energy Analyst Peter Stewart told an LPG conference in London this week.

2 March 2017
Sinopec's LNG terminal in Beihai, Guangxi. (Sinopec) LNG

Interesting times for gas in China

China’s gas market development will have implications for gas globally. The prospects for development are explored in this contributed feature from Gaffney Cline & Associates.

20 February 2017
Oman is trying to boost its non-associated gas production as the sultanate strives to maintain its position as an LNG exporter. (Oman LNG) LNG

Oman pins hopes on non-associated gas

Oman is trying to boost its non-associated gas production as the sultanate strives to meet its rising gas demand and maintain its position as an LNG exporter.

17 February 2017

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