LNG Natural Gas Market Update – 19th – 23rd June 2017

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Market Analysis

Crude Oil

  • Crude oil remained weak during the week with WTI closed at $43.10/BBL and Brent closed at $45.66/BBL on Friday, a decrease of 3.67% on Brent.
  • The bearish tone is primarily due to the fact that OPEC cut is proving ineffective as 1.7 million b/d decrease from OPEC countries versus 1.5 million barrel production increase from US, Libya and Nigeria is resulting into very small production cut globally.
  • Nigeria crude export will touch 2 million b/d mark in August, a 17 month high.
  • EIA Weekly report recorded an inventory draw of 2.45 million barrels with stock at 509.1 million barrel on 16th June 2017 with market was expecting a draw of 2.0 million barrels.
  • Gasoline inventories at 241.9 million barrel, recorded a draw of 0.6 million barrel, an unexpected draw, which will provide some support on refining utilization.
  • As per Baker Hughes data, this week oil rigs increase by 11, reaching 758, with otal righ count including gas rigs increased by eight to 941, a consecutive 23rd weekly rise and a substantial rise of 11 oils rigs versus 6 oils rigs last week.
  • My assessment, in order to stabilize oil prices, OPEC and non OPEC countries have to collaborate as OPEC production cuts are being proven ineffective so far.

Natural Gas

  • Henry Hub prices closed on $2.93 /MMBTU on Friday.
  • Henry Hub prices remained downward movement based upon weather forecast for next ten days predicting a colder forecast, which will hamper the demand for gas.
  • US gas prices further slipped into bearish tone after EIA reports of Thursday suggesting higher inventory levels
  • S. natural gas stocks increased by 61 BCF for the week ending June 16 versus market expectation of 58 BDF increase.
  • The EIA reported that working gas in storage was 2,770 BCF as of Friday, June 16, stocks were 324 Bcf less than last year at this time and 207 Bcf above the five-year average of 2,563 Bcf. At 2,770 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
  • NBP UK closed at 35.60 Pence/Therm (equivalent $4.50/MMBTU) as warmer weather pushing air-conditioning demand high plus some supply deficit in the pipelined gas.
  • NBP future market remained weak for the month ahead market for July and August due to falling oil prices and closed at an equivalent of $4.53 and $4.65 per MMBTU basis.
  • Dutch and French gas prices remained weak despite a warmer weather due to the strength of Euro against GBP and USD, TTF and TRS France closed at an equivalent of $5.00 & $5.03/MMBTU on Friday.
  • Future curve market at TTF and PEG NORD kept moving south due to weaker outlook on oil.


  • The US dollar fell against all major currencies on anticipation of interest hike and slow down in inflation with US DXY down by 0.37% at 96.68.
  • US Dollar bearish tone was also fueled by preliminary data on U.S. factory and services activities for June, which fell short of analyst forecasts, stoking doubts about U.S. economic growth for the rest of 2017.
  • The euro was higher against the dollar, with EUR/USDrising 0.39% to 1.1194.
  • GBP also gained ground against the greenback, with GBP/USD climbing 0.29% to 1.2718.


  • European weather is getting pleasant in UK, Belgium, Netherland, German in the coming week, whereas Spain is in full summer season along with Portugal and France entering into the summer season.
  • Temperature range for Argentina is 15-20oC and Brazil around 25oC for next week.
  • Mexico will be around 23oC in the coming week.
  • Middle East region summer season in full swing with Egypt touching 40oC, Kuwait is 45oC plus, and UAE temperature is going to be around low 40o
  • Indian Subcontinent in hot summer season: with the temperature around 35oC in Pakistan and India for next week. India is relatively cooler due to Monsoon season.
  • Summer season in North East Asia, with the temperature around 30oC plus in Taiwan, 28-30oC in Korea, China 30 -37oC, and Japan is around 26oC for next week.
  • South East Asia already in hot weather with temperature in low 30o
  • USA Weather:  Overall weather is getting warmer but still lower than normal limits, along with Great plain and Mid Atlantic areas still cold weather.


  • Market remained stable due to increased interest from China along spot interest from India and Japan, prices in Asian market closed a bit high on Friday with JKM at $5.50/MMBTU, FOB Singapore $5.238/MMBTU and SLNG DKI Index at $5.325/MMBTU.
  • DES India price inched by $0.05/MMBTU based upon GSPC tender otherwise demand in India is weak.
  • European gas hub prices were stable to strong this week due to warm weather with TTF at $5.00/MMBTU, France at the equivalent of $5.03/MMBTU and Spanish market in high $5.50/MMBTU level.
  • NBP prices will be more vulnerable from this winter as Britain’s biggest gas storage, Rough facility will be permanently closed, so more reliance on imported LNG.
  • India has offered its terms to Qatar for inking long term supply deal if Qatar agrees to invest in power generation within India and for that purpose India has depicted interest to grant stakes in LNG terminal and local oil& gas companies.
  • Iran claimed commencement of natural gas export to Baghdad via pipeline with an initial rate of 7 million cubic meters a day.
  • Yamal LNG workers end five-day hunger strike, as Novatek pays wages.
  • Freeport LNG to start commissioning train 1 in April 2018.
  • Australian government to place regulation on curb of LNG export from eastern Australia at times of tight supply either by January 2018.
  • Prompt demand from Korea and China along with higher temperature in Spain has pushed price slightly up. JKM traded $5.50/MMBTU on Tuesday.
  • Indian Prices on Tuesday moved upward due to recent tender closing at $5.25-$5.30 price range, however, demand is still weak due to monsoon and high inventory at Dahej Terminal.
  • KOGAS will be receiving its first cargo by early July 2017, the first cargo under 20 year, 2.8 MTPA deal with Cheniere as per market news.
  • Mexico CFE tender for nine cargoes, with deliveries starting from end June till end August has been awarded at price around $5.30 level.
  • British wholesale within day gas prices fell on Thursday morning following Brent crude oil losses and ahead of liquefied natural gas (LNG) arrivals, despite the undersupplied system and the lower Norway gas flows.
  • India imported 3.11 million tons during April and May 2017, before the start of Monsoon season. India has 22 MTAP import capacity as of today.
  • Italy’s Eni will start delivering LNG to Pakistan in December under a long-term contract of 15 years after revising its offer from an earlier bid of 12.29% of Brent. The supplies will be delivered to the second terminal, which is to be commissioned by 4Q 2017.
  • ENI shipped first LNG cargo produced from Jangkrik field Indonesia to Indonesian domestic customer on Thursday.
  • Ghana has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with counterpart Oil producing country Equatorial Guinea for the supply of LNG, Quantum Power is developing FSRU based terminal located 12 kilometers off Tema’s shores.
  • This week Sabine Pass export has declined due to tropical storm Cindy.
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LNG Merchant Activity

  • This week 60 vessels carrying 3.74 million tons (190.91 BCF) loaded from various supply centres, increased by 0.17 million tons from last week.
  • 71 vessels carrying 4.93 million tons, approximately 40% of total June volumes have been dispatched from Ras Laffan, Qatar.
  • 13 vessels dispatched for Indian ports account for 41.87 BCF.
  • Five vessels carrying 17.18BCF departed from Nigerian port for European and Asian locations, one destined for India.
  • Algeria loaded two vessels carrying 3.06 BCF for Spain.
  • Norway loaded one cargo carrying 3.05BCF for Bilbao, Spain.
  • Pont Fortin, Trinidad & Tobago loaded four vessels with 13.00BCF.
  • Two vessels loaded this week from Sabine Pass, USA with 7.38 BCF destined for Mexico and European ports, decrease in loading is due to tropical storm Cindy.
  • Two vessels loaded from Brunei with a load of 4.75 BCF.
  • One vessel departed from Russia carrying 3.00 BCF for Japan.
  • 11 vessels left from Australian export terminals of Dampier, Darwin and Gladstone ports for Japan, China, Korea, India and Singapore carrying 36.26 BCF.
  • Middle Eastern terminals at Das Island (UAE) and Ras Laffan (Qatar) loaded 20 vessels carrying 69.60BCF for Asian destinations.
Departure Date Vessel Name Capacity(CBM) Loading Port Discharge Port LNG (BCF)
19-Jun-17 LA MANCHA KNUTSEN 176,300 Bonny, Nigeria Dahej, India  3.64
19-Jun-17 LNG BAYELSA 137,500 Bonny, Nigeria Europe  2.84
20-Jun-17 GASLOG GENEVA 209,000 Bonny, Nigeria Atlantic Basin  4.31
22-Jun-17 YENISEI RIVER 154,880 Bonny, Nigeria Not Confirmed  3.20
21-Jun-17 GASLOG SKAGEN 154,948 Bonny, Nigeria Not Confirmed  3.20
17-Jun-17 GASLOG SANTIAGO 154,948 Punta Europa South Atlantic  3.20
20-Jun-17 MADRID SPIRIT 135,425 Punta Europa Not Confirmed  2.79
19-Jun-17 CHEIKH BOUAMAMA 74,425 Skikda, Algeria Huelva, Spain  1.54
22-Jun-17 GLOBAL ENERGY 74,130 Skikda, Algeria Barcelona, Spain  1.53
21-Jun-17 SONANGOL BENGUELA 160,500 Soyo, Angola Not Confirmed  3.31
20-Jun-17 METHANE NILE EAGLE 145,000 Pampa Melchorita, Peru Pacific Ocean  2.99
22-Jun-17 GALEA 135,269 Pampa Melchorita, Peru Not Confirmed  2.79
18-Jun-17 SCF MITRE 170,200 Point Fortin, Trinidad Not Confirmed  3.51
22-Jun-17 YARI LNG 159,800 Point Fortin, Trinidad Atlantic Basin  3.30
21-Jun-17 BRITISH EMERALD 154,983 Point Fortin, Trinidad Not Confirmed  3.20
23-Jun-17 GDF SUEZ CAPE ANN 145,130 Point Fortin, Trinidad Not Confirmed  2.99
17-Jun-17 GOLAR CRYSTAL 160,000 Sabine Pass, USA Not Confirmed  3.30
19-Jun-17 MARAN GAS HECTOR 197,580 Sabine Pass, USA Altamira, Mexico  4.08
20-Jun-17 PUTERI NILAM SATU 134,833 Bintulu, Malaysia Anegasaki, Japan  2.78
22-Jun-17 TRIPUTRA 30,800 Bontang, Indonesia Benoa, Indonesia  0.64
22-Jun-17 LNG AQUARIUS 126,750 Bontang, Indonesia Not Confirmed  2.61
21-Jun-17 GOLAR MAZO 135,000 Bontang, Indonesia Not Confirmed  2.79
18-Jun-17 KUMUL 172,000 Lese, Papua New Guinea Kawasaki, Japan  3.55
23-Jun-17 SPIRIT OF HELA 173,800 Lese, Papua New Guinea Yung An, Taiwan  3.59
20-Jun-17 HYUNDAI UTOPIA 125,182 MIGAS LNG BATU, Indonesia Pyeongtaek, Korea  2.58
21-Jun-17 CYGNUS PASSAGE 145,400 Prigorodnoye, Russia Kisarazu, Japan  3.00
19-Jun-17 AMADI 155,000 Sieria Oil Terminal, Brunei Not Confirmed  3.20
21-Jun-17 BEBATIK 75,056 Sieria Oil Terminal, Brunei Not Confirmed  1.55
18-Jun-17 DAPENG MOON 147,200 Dampier, Australia Shenzen, China  3.04
19-Jun-17 METHANE PATRICIA CAMILA 167,416 Dampier, Australia Not Confirmed  3.45
22-Jun-17 DWIPUTRA 127,386 Dampier, Australia Not Confirmed  2.63
23-Jun-17 ENERGY HORIZON 177,441 Dampier, Australia Anegasaki, Japan  3.66
23-Jun-17 DAPENG SUN 147,200 Dampier, Australia Dafeng, China  3.04
19-Jun-17 ENERGY PROGRESS 144,596 Darwin, Australia Chiba, Japan  2.98
19-Jun-17 K.MUGUNGWHA 148,776 Gladstone, Australia Korea  3.07
18-Jun-17 CESI QINGDAO 205,000 Gladstone, Australia Qindago, China  4.23
20-Jun-17 PALU LNG 159,800 Gladstone, Australia Pacific Basin  3.30
22-Jun-17 MARAN GAS TROY 159,800 Gladstone, Australia Pacific Region  3.30
23-Jun-17 STENA CLEAR SKY 173,593 Gladstone, Australia Dahej, India  3.58
23-Jun-17 ARCTIC PRINCESS 147,835 Melokya, Norway Bilbao, Spain  3.05
19-Jun-17 SHAHAMAH 137,756 Das, UAE Kisarazu, Japan  2.84
23-Jun-17 AL KHAZNAH 137,450 Das, UAE Kawasaki, Japan  2.84
18-Jun-17 AAMIRA 260,912 Ras Laffan, Qatar Suez Canal, Egypt  5.38
19-Jun-17 ASEEM 154,948 Ras Laffan, Qatar Dahej, India  3.20
18-Jun-17 ONAIZA 205,963 Ras Laffan, Qatar Far East  4.25
18-Jun-17 AL DAAYEN 148,853 Ras Laffan, Qatar Suez Canal  3.07
18-Jun-17 GASELYS 151,383 Ras Laffan, Qatar Hazira, India  3.12
17-Jun-17 TAITAR NO.1 154,948 Ras Laffan, Qatar Taichung, Taiwan  3.20
20-Jun-17 TAITAR NO.2 144,627 Ras Laffan, Qatar Taichung, Taiwan  2.98
20-Jun-17 GOLAR SNOW 160,000 Ras Laffan, Qatar Pacific Basin  3.30
19-Jun-17 LIJMILIYA 258,019 Ras Laffan, Qatar Middle East  5.32
19-Jun-17 ASEEM 154,948 Ras Laffan, Qatar Dahej, India  3.20
19-Jun-17 SIMAISMA 142,971 Ras Laffan, Qatar Not Confirmed  2.95
22-Jun-17 RAAHI 138,077 Ras Laffan, Qatar Dahej, India  2.85
22-Jun-17 UMM BAB 143,708 Ras Laffan, Qatar Port Qasim, Pakistan  2.96
22-Jun-17 FUWAIRIT 138,262 Ras Laffan, Qatar Taichung, Taiwan  2.85
21-Jun-17 DISHA 136,026 Ras Laffan, Qatar Not Confirmed  2.81
21-Jun-17 DUKHAN 137,622 Ras Laffan, Qatar Suez Canal  2.84
23-Jun-17 AL BAHIYA 205,981 Ras Laffan, Qatar Singapore  4.25
23-Jun-17 AL MAYEDA 261,157 Ras Laffan, Qatar Far East  5.39