Supply & Demand

Production & Consumption

WSC representative of the US gas production trend

Marketed gas production in the United States declined by 1.3% in the first two months of 2013 on an annual basis, according to the latest data from the Energy Information Administration.

17 May 2013
Imports

Pipelines to China – still room for LNG?

With the outlook for piped gas imports from Russia looking more positive than in the past, what could additional piped supplies mean for the future of LNG imports into China?

23 April 2013
Imports

Spain: better times ahead for gas?

Although the gas market in Spain has suffered and declined recently, prospects for the market could be set to improve in the mid term.

23 April 2013
Forecasts

US natural gas production at the crossroads

Despite all the bullish forecasts, US gas production growth is anything but a foregone conclusion because of relatively low gas prices and regional capacity constraints.

23 April 2013
Exports

Bolivia to remain a key gas supplier in Latin America

Total Bolivian gas pipeline exports to Brazil and Argentina rose by 21% to 1.47 billion cubic metres in March on an annual basis.

19 April 2013
Production & Consumption

Gas set to dominate the US power sector

The recent rise in Henry Hub futures prices to $4/MMBtu has led to speculation that a drop in gas consumption relative to coal marks a structural change in United States utilities’ fuel consumption choices.

5 April 2013
Imports

Japan’s LNG imports – land of the rising costs

Japan’s average LNG import prices have been rising, and the cost of importing the fuel looks set to increase further.

22 March 2013
Exports

Economic pressure intensifies in Egypt

Fragile macroeconomic fundamentals, declining gas production and growing demand have put Egypt’s oil and gas sector under strain. Structural changes are needed, but the government is reluctant to implement unpopular reforms.

20 March 2013
Imports

Japan post-Fukushima – two years on

Two years after the Fukushima earthquake, the future of the nuclear power sector in Japan is still being decided, creating questions about gas demand and the future of the country’s generation mix.

20 March 2013
Imports

Mexico increases reliance on imported gas despite sufficient gas reserves

Mexico has been failing to exploit its 400 billion cubic metres of proven gas reserves and instead has been increasing its reliance on imported gas.

15 March 2013
Production & Consumption

UK production – declining in 2013

As the economics of gas-fired power generation in the UK continue to be challenging, demand for gas for power generation has declined.

8 March 2013
Exports

Trinidad and Tobago looks set to boost LNG exports

Trinidad and Tobago holds 6% of the LNG market and is the sixth-largest LNG exporter in the world and has plans to further strengthen its position.

1 March 2013
Imports

Gas/coal competition intensifies in Japan’s power sector

Figures from the Federation of Electric Power Companies (FEPC) of Japan show gas is facing tough competition from coal in power generation, something which is likely to continue in the medium term.

22 February 2013
Production & Consumption

Subsidy reform in the Middle East & North Africa

Growing deficits are increasing the pressure on Middle Eastern and North African countries to cut energy subsidies, but the road ahead looks long and slow.

19 February 2013
Exports

Norwegian gas – down in 2013 but not out

Although Norwegian gas production will fall this year, it will continue to rise in the mid term, if only moderately.

19 February 2013
Production & Consumption

US capacity constraint limits gas consumption

Although it is Europe that tends to agonise over its imperfectly integrated gas delivery infrastructure, this winter has revealed once again that the United States’ market is anything but perfect.

15 February 2013
Forecasts

Norway production to decline in 2013

Gas production from Norway is expected to fall by 8 billion cubic metres in 2013, according to the latest forecast from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD).

8 February 2013
Production & Consumption

Tightening in the supply/demand balance raises northeastern US gas prices

Tightening in the supply/demand balance in the northeastern United States briefly forced regional gas price differentials to the Henry Hub up to a nine-year high in late January.

1 February 2013
Imports

The rising cost of Taiwan’s LNG

The cost Taiwan’s LNG imports has risen dramatically over the past few years.

25 January 2013
Production & Consumption

US NGL market faces growing glut

A glut in the US gas market has spread into the NGL market, weighing on prices. This has raised serious concerns about the sustainability of operations for many producers.

22 January 2013

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