ICIS to boosts global LNG price assessments for Americas, Europe and North Africa


ICIS, the global commodity market intelligence provider, will expand its extensive pricing coverage for liquefied natural gas (LNG) to include Egypt and Mexico spot DES (delivered ex-ship) prices, a northwest Europe FOB (free on board) reload assessment and the ICIS MENAX, a new regional index for Egypt, Kuwait and Dubai.  

These changes have will be made in light of shifting global LNG market dynamics:

  • A chronic lack of domestic gas supply has transformed Egypt into a significant buyer of LNG. This is expected to continue over the mid-term as the country’s second import terminal becomes operational in late 2015.
  • Mexico promises to become the most dynamic energy market in the Americas, as the country continues its path towards privatisation and cargoes are sought for the east coast terminal to support gas-fired power generation.
  • Northwest Europe has recently overtaken Spain as the key supplier of reload cargoes from Europe. Reloads have started from the British Grain terminal, and as the European markets expect to receive more LNG from the soon-to-export US, the northwest Europe number gives you visibility on this increasingly active reload market.

“To ensure our subscribers gain visibility and transparency on these developing markets, ICIS is enhancing its reports to equip you with the pricing data you need when navigating through emerging LNG markets,” says Ed Cox, ICIS Global LNG editor.  

In addition to these new assessments, ICIS will also introduce a new regional price index – the ICIS Middle East and North African Index (MENAX). The ICIS MENAX is a unique LNG price point, providing users with a daily tradable price for spot LNG delivered into Middle East and north Africa. It is calculated using an arithmetic average of the DES front month and second month ahead assessments for Egypt, Kuwait and Dubai.

The location of the Middle East and Egyptian LNG import markets between the Atlantic and Pacific basins provides an increasingly important demand centre away from core Asian and Americas markets. ICIS will pool liquidity across Egypt, Dubai and Kuwait in the MENAX index, to provide a vital reference for those taking a position in the region, which can be compared to ICIS’ other global indices.

Subscribers to our LNG markets report will now gain access to this new pricing data, as well as:

  • 24 country-by-country DES prices for the world's busiest LNG destinations
  • 8 FOB prices for key producing regions
  • Northwest Europe and Spain FOB reload price assessments
  • East Asia index – calculated using Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan prices
  • 4 other regional indices – South America, the Mediterranean, northwest Europe and Iberia,  Middle East and north Africa
  • Historical prices (from 2010), downloadable via the ICIS Dashboard
  • In-depth weekly coverage of the Australian LNG market
  • LNG charter rates and shipping costs for both steam and tri-fuel diesel electric (TFDE)
  • News and trading activity – bids, tenders, negotiations and confirmed deals
  • Weekly round-up and expert analysis

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Global LNG pricing data and news

ICIS delivers independent and highly regarded coverage for global LNG markets, ensuring that you are able to strengthen your position in price negotiations and optimise profitability. Our daily and weekly reports include:

  • Spot assessments – 24 DES + 8 FOB prices
  • East Asia Index (EAX) and five other regional indices
  • Historical pricing data
  • Market news and analysis
  • Charter rates and availability

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On top of recent additions, our daily and weekly LNG reports ensure you have the information you need when navigating through this highly dynamic market, by providing:  

Extensive LNG spot price assessments

Regional spot indices

Trade table

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Expert news and analysis

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