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The Meridian Spirit loading a cargo at Sabine Pass LNG

Price disparity a concern for US LNG

US LNG could become more expensive as upstream gas producers seek to boost their profit margins.

24 September 2019 Americas / LNG
Photo showing damaged Saudi oil infrastructure

Saudi drone attacks deliver oil supply shock

The position of Saudi Arabia as a reliable supplier is at stake as the kingdom’s oil and gas infrastructure becomes more vulnerable to sabotage.

16 September 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
Part of the Groningen gas field's infrastructure

Groningen declines could gather pace

Dutch gas production may fall more quickly as the pressure on the Groningen field mounts.

2 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Exploration & Production
A nuclear power station in Japan

High temperatures boost LNG demand in Japan

Above-average temperatures are supporting Japanese LNG imports.

27 August 2019 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
The LNG plant at Idku in Egypt

Egypt explores options for boosting LNG exports

Egypt’s LNG exports are rising sharply, but the country is still some way from realising its aim of becoming a regional gas hub.

20 August 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
The Atwood Advantage drillship in Israel's Leviathan field

Israel’s FLNG is a long-term prospect

The fate of Israel’s proposed LNG supplies will depend on the country boosting pipeline exports.

16 August 2019 Middle East & Africa / Supply & Demand
Argentina's Bahia Blanca FSRU.

Imported gas being priced out of Argentine market

Argentina has accelerated its efforts to minimise purchases of LNG and pipeline gas as the imports are costing the government dear.

26 July 2019 Americas / Supply & Demand
Qatargas LNG vessel

Gulf LNG trade hinging on geopolitics

LNG trading in the Gulf is at stake as geopolitical tensions ratchet up near the Strait of Hormuz.

24 July 2019 Middle East & Africa / Supply & Demand
Gas arrives in Kingston aboard the Golar Arctic

Gas forges ahead in Jamaica’s energy mix

The growing popularity of gas in Jamaica is setting an example of how small-scale LNG technology can benefit countries with modest demand.

2 July 2019 Americas / Supply & Demand
An E.On power station in Germany

Europe's gas-fired power gains as TTF prices hit record lows

European gas-fired power plants are looking increasingly profitable compared with coal alternatives as a result of low prices for gas and high prices for carbon allowances.

27 June 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Cameron LNG project in the United States. (Sempra LNG)

Weak hurricane season in store for Americas LNG trade

The Atlantic hurricane season will cause less disruption to LNG trading in the Americas this year than it has done in the previous two years.

21 June 2019 Americas / LNG
Argentine electricity workers working to fix a generator in Buenos Aires during a blackout. (PA)

Argentina’s blackout: a wake-up call

The power outage in Argentina over the weekend – the worst in its history – could be yet another sign of the need for urgent investment in the country’s ageing electricity infrastructure.

17 June 2019 Americas / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Total's Elgin platform in the North Sea

Culzean field to support UK gas output

Total is expected to start production from the North Sea field soon, helping to limit the UK’s growing reliance on imported gas.

6 June 2019 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
Manzanillo LNG terminal in Mexico

Mexico’s LNG imports face existential threat

Mexican LNG imports are facing an insurmountable challenge from US pipeline gas, which could see Mexico stop buying LNG altogether.

29 May 2019 Americas / LNG
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.

24 May 2019 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

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