LNG Market Expertise

Global LNG supply and demand continues to evolve. It is one of the most difficult and fast-moving markets to navigate. With profits at stake, it is an advantage to have a head start and gain access to the right information as quickly as possible.

We deliver a robust and fast response to market needs and our combination of deep datasets and flexible tools is unique. Most importantly, our dedicated LNG team is agile, constantly listening to market feedback and deploying changes rapidly.

As the longest established LNG sector information provider, we draw upon years of commercial and physical research and practical expertise to create market-leading solutions.

ICIS LNG customers always have the whole picture, 24/7.

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Why choose ICIS LNG Market Intelligence Solution

The ICIS LNG solution provides all the real-time and historical data and analytics necessary to optimise sales, purchasing and movement of LNG.

The online platform LNG Edge is a dedicated LNG trading analytics and tracking platform. It is powered by the combination of ICIS’ LNG market intelligence, state of the art tracking and predictive technology, with vessel positioning feeds.

ICIS has the world’s largest and most experienced team of LNG market experts gathering market intelligence and interpreting data around the clock.

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Why is the ICIS approach unique

We offer the complete picture: Our depth and breadth of coverage of LNG trade data, prices, news and movements is a comprehensive offering, covering all your needs, not just one or two. That includes hard to obtain and validated prices and global 24/7 coverage. Plus, the unique ICIS combination of LNG analysts and LNG pricing/editorial experts means we deliver a joined-up view of both the short-term and longer-term perspective.

Timely: Our speed of delivery of worldwide, round-the-clock LNG market coverage is unrivalled. This is only possible thanks to our 24-hour direct contact with LNG trading and shipping professionals worldwide via our dedicated LNG analysis and reporting team – the largest in the world.

The deepest experience of the worldwide gas market: We know the gas market well and have a long history of leadership in this tough area. Heren indices and price assessments from ICIS have been trusted by industry players for over 20 years, giving you the insights you need to make well-timed decisions in key gas markets. Our rich knowledge means ICIS LNG market intelligence is fast, accurate, insightful and widely relied upon every day.

Trusted: We cover all bases as ours is the only platform feeding in positions from both the world’s biggest satellite data providers. Add to this the fact that all our raw data feeds are validated by our analytical team before being integrated and that we’ve been supporting this market the longest, and it’s easy to see why ICIS LNG market intelligence is trusted by so many.

Practical and sustainable: As the longest established LNG sector information provider, we draw upon years of commercial and physical research and practical expertise to create market-leading solutions. ICIS is a truly global provider and as such we can support your global and/or local LNG intelligence needs with our established solutions, cutting edge analytics and robust data sets.

We work alongside you: Because we understand how you use the information and services we provide, we closely match our support with your needs. Our job is to make it easier for you to work more effectively today and to plan with confidence for tomorrow.

Business-minded: We deliver everything you need to do business more effectively in the short- and long-term. That includes report formats that are reliable and quick to assimilate, practical tools that are easy to use and give useful insight, plus training to keep everyone up-to-speed.

An understanding partner: We are familiar with the challenges international energy companies face when entering or operating in the fast-moving LNG market. Quite simply, we make life easier, by tailoring what we know to suit what you need to do to be profitable and sustain competitive advantage.

How can ICIS LNG solution help you solve issues you are facing

Difficulty assessing the whole situation: You simply can’t afford to miss critical information – but unfortunately that can happen easily when you’re trying to stay on top of more than one information source. Making snap decisions based on data that hasn’t been validated is also a big issue and potentially very risky. ICIS is the market intelligence leader for LNG. Our information gathering methodology is transparent and independent, which is one of the many reasons why we’ve stayed at the forefront of this complex market for years.

Missed opportunities: It’s not just about having access to the relevant information at the right time, it’s also vital to be able to cut through the noise and prioritise what is most important and offers the most value. You also need to fill in any information gaps and that’s impossible unless your data provider offers everything you need. ICIS covers all bases and ensures you don’t drown in information and miss what’s important to you.

Lack of longer-term viewpoint: Admittedly, LNG markets are changing all the time, but without some idea of future contracts and where the market might be moving to over the next 12-24 months, traders and analysts can find themselves out in the cold when it comes to new opportunities. And shipping companies also need to have a deeper understanding of longer term charter rates and supplier performance in order to avoid unpleasant and unbudgeted surprises.

Related LNG Resources from ICIS

LNG Markets Analysis: European gas tightens spread to Asian spot LNG

Spot LNG prices in Asia remained firm across the mid-August to mid-September period. Against a background of continuing strong demand, unexpected global production outages decreased supply and new plant starts remained delayed. The utilities in Japan, in particular, were heard looking for cargoes to replenish stocks run down by the high-power generation rates required to fuel air-conditioning during the country’s summer heatwave.

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ICIS Energy Forum – 4 October, 10am-5pm | CCT Venues, London

ICIS is pleased to offer a free seminar covering the most important factors affecting the energy markets. Join our market experts as they discuss topics including:

  • Global oil, gas and LNG market trends
  • European gas market liquidity and hub development
  • The future of the UK electricity market post-Brexit
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LNG Markets Analysis: Japan heatwave drives up spot LNG prices in Asia

East Asian spot LNG prices strengthened from mid-July to mid-August as a heatwave in Japan drove electricity demand for air-conditioning higher. This led Japanese utilities to re-enter the market looking for spot cargoes for September and October to replenish their storage tanks ahead of next winter.

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European Gas Hub Report Summary Q2 2018

European natural gas liquidity higher than Q2 2017, across all major markets.

The July 2018 issue of the European Gas Hub Report gives you an update on the European landscape, with in-depth coverage of prices, liquidity data, trade volumes and developments across 22 gas hubs.

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LNG Markets Analysis: Asia spot LNG narrows spread to Europe

East Asian spot LNG prices fell back from their summer highs over the four weeks from mid-June to mid-July, narrowing the previously wide spread between European and Asian gas markets. More cargoes were becoming available, with tenders from producers including Papua New Guinea’s PNG LNG and Russia’s Sakhalin, and a flurry of reload cargoes drawn from Europe to the east by the high spreads seen the previous month.

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LNG Edge: Q2 2018 Trade Flow Report

Global LNG imports increased by 7% year-on-year in the second quarter (Q2) of 2018, with continued strong growth in demand from China. China saw a 40% year-on-year increase in its Q2 imports, slowing a little from the annual growth rate seen over the winter, but still providing a major boost to the global consumption.

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LNG Markets Analysis: Soaring Asia widens spread to Europe

Spot LNG prices for East Asia soared during the four weeks from mid-May to mid-June, opening up a wide spread between the European and Asian gas markets, sufficient to encourage traders to look to sell reloads from Europe to the East.

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Asian LNG companies look to NBP, TTF for price reference

Global LNG market supply has been tighter than expected, primarily due to high demand from Asia, as well as strong US deliveries to markets closer to the Americas.

ICIS deputy editor of LNG Europe, Alex Thackrah, discusses why Asian companies are looking to the Dutch TTF and the UK’s NBP for cargoes with flexible destinations.

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Infographic: China’s impact on Japan’s LNG market

In 2017, China overtook South Korea to become the world’s second-largest LNG importer behind Japan. This shift in demand has given Japanese utilities a new outlet to offload their overbought contractual volumes.

Download this free infographic for data and insights showcasing the impact of developments in China’s energy markets on Japan.

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Steady LNG market sees flows pick up to Europe

Spot LNG markers for May delivery cargoes held pretty steady during the four weeks from mid-March to mid-April, with markets comfortably supplied following the end of the east Asian winter and with no major unexpected outages, although there was planned work in Australia, and Papua New Guinea’s LNG plant remained out of action.

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Global LNG Outlook

The ICIS LNG Outlook for 2018 gives a thorough country-level view with key points on new production and import infrastructure, supply and demand fundamentals and company outlooks.

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LNG White Paper: Trends in shipping LNG

Global LNG output rose 12% year-on-year in 2017, recording its largest annual increase in recent history, and meaning more product had to be delivered to market than ever before. This growth in LNG opened up new opportunities for shipping, though the redistribution of the global supply portfolio also rendered some previously profitable trade routes uncompetitive, with Australia in particular providing new volumes ideally placed to compete for sales to the major users of east Asia.

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LNG Q4 2017 Trade Flow Report

The LNG Edge Q4 2017 Trade Flow Report examines the changes in import and export flows responsible, drawing on data from ship-tracking and market intelligence platform LNG Edge. The report shows how rapid increases in demand from countries including China and Turkey helped to absorb the new supplies coming onstream from the US and Australia.

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LNG White Paper: 2017 LNG production up by 12%

After a limited increase in 2016, global LNG production jumped in 2017. But new volume was readily absorbed, largely by East Asia, with prices supported by rising oil.

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European LNG Overview - Q3 2017

Supply into Spain, Portugal and France increased in the third quarter, as their required more cargoes due to hot weather and low hydro level. Around 49 cargoes was delivered to Spain in Q3, compared to 45 cargoes in the previous quarter. Portugal imported 12 cargoes, 4 cargoes more than in Q2. Supply in France also rose by eight cargoes quarter on quarter to 42. Iberia was a premium market compared to Northwest Europe, where supply dropped in Q3. UK’s supply fell by two cargoes to 14, Netherlands’ supply halved to 4 and Belgium procured three cargoes, two cargoes less than in the previous quarter. Hot weather conditions and low hydro stocks boosted gas demand in Spain and other Mediterranean countries in summer. Spain and Portugal continued to procured spot LNG cargoes during the third quarter as a strong arbitrage between spot LNG compared with contractual oil-indexed pipeline flows from Algeria emerged. Over the third quarter, Spain received around 17 short-term or spot cargoes, compared to around 9 in the previous quarter, according to LNG Edge. In Northwest Europe, demand was also high due to low natural gas stocks this year.

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East Asia Index LNG prices for Winter 2017 were stronger than the previous two years, but averaged below levels seen in Winter 2013 and Winter 2014.


New Australian LNG contracts with East Asian buyers

New projects in Australia and the US are providing a growing source of supply to the global LNG market.

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What is the outlook for global LNG markets in 2018?

The ICIS LNG Outlook for 2018 gives a thorough country-level view with key points on new production and import infrastructure, supply and demand fundamentals and company outlooks.

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LNG news

China relaxes environmental rules as trade war bites

BARCELONA (ICIS)–China has relaxed winter anti-pollution measures as it prioritises economic growth over the environment, in the midst of a damaging… Thu, 04 Oct 2018

INSIGHT: Refiners, shippers face uncharted waters of low-sulphur 2020 rule

LONDON (ICIS)–A wave is about to break over the marine world that will sweep over refiners, lubricant makers, the international shipping community… Tue, 11 Sep 2018

ExxonMobil mulls cracker, PE and PP plants in China’s Guangdong

SINGAPORE (ICIS)–ExxonMobil is mulling a “multibillion-dollar” chemical complex in China’s Guangdong, which would include a 1.2m tonne/year flexible… Thu, 06 Sep 2018

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