As the bill to cut production from the Netherlands’ giant Groningen field makes its way through the Dutch halls of power, the challenges of implementing it are becoming increasingly apparent. Traders want greater clarity on how fast production will fall, particularly in the coming gas year. Big industrial customers forced to convert infrastructure for use with imported […]
Ballast bonuses sink shipping activity
The cancellation of two planned LNG vessel charters in Europe this week shows that it’s becoming harder and harder to get hold of an LNG carrier at the right price in the Atlantic Basin. Danish energy company DONG and Swiss trader Glencore were both in discussions with ship owners about chartering vessels for reloads in […]
Part economics, part politics – the role of LNG in Europe
The flood of LNG into Europe, expected by many commentators, has yet to appear. But deliveries are likely to be higher this year than in 2015, and if demand fails to rise in east Asia in the mid-term, Europe could see a big jump in deliveries later in the decade. Perhaps more relevant for now […]
The oil-gas (dis)connection
Oil and other commodity markets rallied in early March, but a key support factor behind the rise was speculative trade, rather than reliable supply and demand indicators.