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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
Novatek's Yamal LNG plant in the Russian Arctic.

Challenges ahead for Russian LNG in Latin America

The weakness in Latin America’s LNG demand is set to persist despite a recent increase in supplies from Russia.

22 October 2018 Americas / LNG
The Excelerate FSRU at Bahía Blanca

Argentina aspires to join the LNG export club

Argentina’s LNG demand is set to drop sharply as it ramps up domestic gas production, but the country is also mulling becoming an exporter of LNG.

18 October 2018 Americas / LNG
Downtown Kuwait City

Jurassic gas to dent Kuwait’s LNG needs

Rising non-associated gas production from Kuwait’s Jurassic fields will remain a headwind to the country’s LNG requirements

1 October 2018 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
Regasification vessels Excelerate and Excelsior (YPF)

Bangladesh to drive up LNG imports with larger projects

Bangladesh has dropped two small-scale LNG import projects in favour of larger facilities as the government pushes to boost import volumes.

27 September 2018 Asia Pacific / Exploration & Production
Tanker loading LNG in Oman

Oman mulls expanding LNG export capacity

Oman is looking to boost its LNG export capacity via debottlenecking measures as the sultanate’s gas production ramps up

17 September 2018 Middle East & Africa / LNG
A Japanese nuclear power plant.

Reactor restarts boost Japan’s nuclear output

Japan’s nuclear output is rising as more reactors return to service, putting pressure on the country’s gas demand and LNG imports.

6 September 2018 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
The Pioneering Spirit pipe-laying vessel at work on Turkish Stream.

Turkey’s currency woes to aggravate gas price inflation

Turkey’s deepening currency crisis will continue to make gas more expensive for end-users, dampening demand for the fuel.

5 September 2018 Middle East & Africa / Supply & Demand
Gas production infrastructure in Groningen.

New Groningen output cap proposed

The Dutch government has proposed a cap of 19.4 bcm for production from the giant Groningen field for the 2018/2019 gas year.

28 August 2018 Europe & Russia / Exploration & Production
Cheniere Energy's Sabine Pass LNG plant

LNG in the thick of US-China trade war

The commercial landscape for US LNG is set to become even more challenging as the Sino-US trade war intensifies

7 August 2018 Americas / Supply & Demand
Mexico's Manzanillo LNG terminal

US to remain Mexico’s dominant gas supplier

Mexico’s dependence on pipeline gas imports from the US is set to increase further as new projects come online.

2 August 2018 Americas / LNG
Nigeria's Bonny Island LNG plant

Non-associated gas to buoy Nigeria’s LNG exports

Nigeria’s focus on non-associated gas means brighter prospects are in store for its production and exports of the fuel.

31 July 2018 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
An LNG terminal in South Korea.

South Korea’s nuclear output increases

South Korea’s nuclear output is rising as the country brings more of its reactors back online, lowering its demand for gas.

24 July 2018 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
An FSRU at Argentina's Escobar LNG terminal.

Weather favours Argentine and Brazilian gas demand

Cold weather will support gas demand in Argentina and Brazil during the winter, meaning both countries will import more LNG and pipeline gas.

17 July 2018 Americas / LNG
A ship in the Panama Canal

Panama no panacea for Latin America’s weak LNG demand

Panama’s LNG imports will not be sufficient to boost Latin America’s demand for the fuel, but they will provide an opportunity for small-scale LNG in the region.

22 June 2018 Americas / LNG

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