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2016-08-19 18:50:00

ASIAN LNG IMPORTS UP

ASIAN LNG IMPORTS UP

 

ASIAN LNG IMPORTS CHANGE 2016 2015

 

According to EIA, five Asian countries (Japan, South Korea, China, India, and Taiwan) accounted for 68% of global LNG imports in 2015. In the first six months of 2016, in total, these five countries only increased their LNG import volumes by 1% (0.2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d)), compared to the same period last year. However, higher imports in China and India more than offset declines in LNG consumption in the established markets of Japan and South Korea.

China and India, the world's third and fourth largest LNG importers, together accounting for 14% of global LNG trade in 2015, increased their LNG imports in the first six months of this year, as compared to the same period last year, by 20% and 41%, respectively. In China, the combination of the ramping-up of several LNG supply contracts, including new projects in Australia, and historically low spot LNG prices contributed to higher LNG imports. In India, new government subsidies offered by the Power Supply Development Fund to run natural gas-fired power plants led to higher LNG imports.

In Japan and South Korea—the world's two largest LNG importers, together accounting for almost half of global LNG trade in 2015—LNG imports have been declining for the past two years. In Japan, average January-June LNG imports in 2016 were 6% lower than in the same period last year and 8% lower than in 2014. Since 2015, Japan has been experiencing lower LNG consumption in the power generation sector. This is primarily a result of lost market share to lower-priced coal generation and increased generation from renewable sources, and the return of two nuclear reactors. Similarly, South Korea's decrease in LNG imports was driven by higher generation from nuclear and coal units, which is expected to continue in the future. In Taiwan, lower LNG imports this year were driven by the return to service of several coal-fired power plants.

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Earlier:

LNG: 

AUSTRALIAN LNG UP TO 2% 

INVERTED LNG MARKET 

QATAR LNG UP 50% 

LNG: BIG AUSTRALIA 

AUSTRALIAN LNG UP 

ASIAN LNG DOWN 5% 

LNG MARKET: TRENDS AND OUTLOOK 

 

CHINA: 

CHINA & VENEZUELA COOPERATION 

CHINA'S FUEL EXPORTS UP 52.3% 

SAUDI FIND CHINA 

CHINESE - NIGERIAN AGREEMENTS: $80 BLN 

CHINESE - PHILIPPINE DISPUTE 

CHINEESE MONEY FOR RUSSIA 

CHINESE LNG DOWN

 

INDIA: 

INDIA SAVES $3 BLN 

INDIA'S OIL CONSUMPTION UP TO 10.9% 

INDIA HAS FOUND GAS 

INDIA'S OIL RESERVES 

INDIA'S HIGH GROWTH 

RUSSIA OPENS INDIA 

INDIAN - RUSSIAN ADVANTAGES

 

S.KOREA: 

S.KOREA'S OIL UP 4.5% 

 

JAPAN: 

VIETNAM & JAPAN LNG 

IRANIAN OIL TO JAPAN: UP 61.2% 

JAPAN RESHAPES MARKET 

JAPAN'S INVESTMENT DOWN BY 40% 

JAPAN PAY LESS

 

Tags: ASIA, LNG, CHINA, INDIA, JAPAN, KOREA, TAIWAN

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