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A Qatari LNG vessel

US LNG set to gain from Qatari-Saudi turf war

Saudi Arabia’s aim of challenging Qatar’s dominance of the LNG market will present the United States with an opportunity to commercialise its LNG.

Yesterday Americas / LNG
A drillship at work on the Leviathan field.

Leviathan accentuates Israel's need for gas exports

Israel wants to pin down a viable option for gas exports as commercial production from its Leviathan project becomes imminent.

3 May 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
A nuclear power plant in Japan

Risks to Japanese nuclear could boost LNG imports

Japan could see some of its operational nuclear reactors shut down next year, a move that will likely lead to a rise in the country’s LNG imports.

25 April 2019 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
Traders at ETX Capital London

Gas to benefit from higher EU power and carbon prices

The recent surge in EU carbon prices, coupled with higher year-on-year power prices, will likely benefit gas if the trend continues.

12 April 2019 Europe & Russia / Global Markets
An Algerian pipeline

Algerian pipeline gas losing competitiveness

Exports of oil-indexed pipeline gas and LNG from Algeria are facing a difficult trading environment as rising crude prices deter buyers.

9 April 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
The Dragon LNG terminal in the UK.

UK hub prices face further pressure

Mild temperatures and strong imports will continue to put pressure on NBP prices.

29 March 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand
South Korea's Pyeongtaek LNG terminal.

New taxes in South Korea will benefit gas and hit coal

South Korea is lowering taxes for LNG and raising them for coal, a move that will benefit gas consumption.

25 March 2019 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
The PG&E logo at the new York stock exchange

Price volatility to persist in the US Pacific Region

Gas prices will remain volatile in the PR even during the injection season, with the Northwest Sumas hub having already seen a high of $200/MMBtu in early March.

7 March 2019 Americas / Global Markets
The Hibiscus platform off Trinidad

Trinidad’s gas output to get Angelin boost

The Angelin project will provide yet another boost for Trinidad’s gas production, but the country has even more ambitious upstream plans.

28 February 2019 Americas / Exploration & Production
Beregovaya compressor station, starting point of Blue Stream gas pipeline

Turkey curtails reliance on gas imports

Turkey’s ambition to diversify its energy mix away from gas will intensify competition among suppliers as they seek to defend their share of the country’s market.

22 February 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Italy's Rovigo LNG terminal.

Golden Pass to be a conduit for US LNG into Europe

Golden Pass, an FID on which was taken in early February, will be Qatar Petroleum’s strategic project to serve the European LNG market while freeing up more Ras Laffan volumes for key Asian customers.

7 February 2019 Americas / LNG
The Golar Viking delivering Qatari LNG at Thailand's Map Ta Phut terminal

Asia will remain central to Qatar’s LNG strategy

Qatar is implementing LNG trading strategies that will further consolidate its position in the Asian market.

31 January 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
The Excelerate FSRU at Argentina's Escobar terminal

Argentina on the cusp of exporting LNG

Argentina is poised to start exporting LNG in 2019, but challenges lie ahead for the country’s ambition to become Latin America’s biggest LNG supplier.

28 January 2019 Americas / LNG
A platform off the Norwegian coast

Minimal gains ahead for Norwegian production

Growth in Norway’s output will be marginal in the coming years and will help provide a floor to European prices.

11 January 2019 Europe & Russia / Exploration & Production
An LNG tanker off Qatar. (Equinor)

Qatar aims high for LNG after leaving OPEC

Qatar sees a brighter future for its energy sector once it leaves OPEC, especially by further consolidating its position as an LNG supplier.

6 December 2018 Middle East & Africa / LNG
CNOOC's Dapeng LNG terminal

China’s US LNG imports to decline

China imported 2 mt of US LNG over the first 10 months of 2018, but US LNG exports to China are set to slump in Q4.

27 November 2018 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
A liquefied natural gas storage facility in Massachusetts

Markets stunned as Henry Hub approaches $5/MMBtu

The Henry Hub front-month futures price is rising towards $5/MMBtu, rattling gas and LNG markets given the US has yet to see the worst of the winter weather.

20 November 2018 Americas / Global Markets
An Excelerate FSRU at Argentina's Escobar terminal

Argentina’s FSRUs: one down, one to go

The departure of Excelerate’s Exemplar FSRU from Argentina is a setback for Latin America’s LNG import prospects, but a victory for the government’s energy policy.

9 November 2018 Americas / LNG
Mina Al-Ahmadi terminal, Kuwait

MEA LNG imports facing sharp downturn

The Middle East and Africa’s declining LNG demand is defining a new norm in the global LNG trade, which will be a concern for key suppliers of the fuel.

29 October 2018 Middle East & Africa / LNG
A thermoelectric power plant in Brazil.

High oil prices to dent Brazil’s appetite for gas

Brazil will need to reform gas prices to make the fuel more affordable to end-users or else the country’s power mix will diversify further away from gas.

25 October 2018 Americas / Supply & Demand

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