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2018-03-16 10:00:00

RUSSIAN GAS FOR BRITAIN OVER

RUSSIAN GAS FOR BRITAIN OVER

REUTERS - Falling Asian gas prices are reigniting interest in northwest Europe as a liquefied natural gas (LNG) destination following winter shortages as Russia and the United States step up deliveries.

Price swings prompted Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday to divert the first shipment from the new Cove Point export plant in the United States away from Asia to Britain.

More supply from Russia's newly built plant in Siberia at Yamal is likely to be absorbed by northwest Europe as arbitrage opportunities with Asia dry up amid a post-winter price slump there, trade sources said.

Asia's spot LNG premium over European gas hubs has shrunk to around $1 per million British thermal units, driven by divergent weather patterns.

Mild weather is sapping demand in major LNG consumers China and Japan as cold blasts depleted Europe's gas inventories.

Tighter spreads limit traders' ability to divert Atlantic-produced supply east after shipping costs rose last year.

For example, a cargo held in storage at Rotterdam's Gate LNG terminal has gone unsold due to diminished incentives, traders said.

So far this year, two Yamal cargoes unloaded at British terminals for domestic consumption, accounting for about a third of Britain's 2018 LNG imports after typical supplier Qatar pre-sold the bulk of its winter output to Asia last year.

Qatari LNG shipments to northwest Europe should also pick up from April as Asian demand eases, traders said.

A Norwegian shipment arrived in Britain last week.

From April, the availability of Yamal LNG cargoes may be restricted as long-term contracts commence. Currently all Yamal LNG is sold via spot markets.

Under long-term deals, destination restrictions may limit where Yamal's customers - PetroChina, Russia's Novatek, Spain's Gas Natural, France's Engie, trader Gunvor and Shell - can sell supply.

Curbs will vary by contract but traders still expect a large chunk of volumes to flow into European terminals - where they can then be re-exported - until thawing ice sheets allow passage to Asia directly in the summer months.

In Britain, Russian LNG deliveries have drawn scrutiny after Prime Minister Theresa May accused Moscow of poisoning a Russian ex-spy with a rare nerve agent in England.

"We estimate less than 1 percent of our gas comes from Russia and are in no way reliant on it," a spokeswoman for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said.

British utility Centrica has a contract with the trading arm of Russia's Gazprom for 4.16 billion cubic meters a year until 2021, but that gas does not necessarily come from Russia and is most likely sourced from the open market.

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 W.Europe
2018, March, 14, 11:40:00

RUSSIAN GAS FOR EUROPE

PLATTS - But the dispute erupted again last week after the court ruled in Naftogaz’s favor on the transit element of the case, awarding Naftogaz $4.6 billion in compensation for Gazprom’s underuse of its transit network. The net award to Naftogaz was $2.6 billion across the entire case after the court previously awarded Gazprom a little over $2 billion in the supply ruling.

 

 W.Europe
2018, March, 14, 11:35:00

NORD STREAM NIGHTMARES U.S.

OGJ - Sandra Oudkirk, deputy assistant secretary for energy diplomacy at the US Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources, said Nord Stream 2 matters to the US because it would cement a transportation system in place that could perpetuate dependence on Russian gas for some key US allies. “It would not increase the amount of gas coming into Europe, only replace volumes that now are being transported through Ukraine,” she said.

 

 W.Europe
2018, March, 14, 11:30:00

RUSSIAN GAS FOR BRITAIN

PLATTS - The Russia-UK poisoning row threatens to put renewed strain on the two countries' deep-seated energy ties, illustrated by some of the first ever LNG shipments from Russia's vast new Yamal LNG facility now arriving in the UK.

 

 W.Europe
2018, March, 4, 11:25:00

RUSSIAN GAS FOR EUROPE

REUTERS - Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak told European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcofic in a phone conversation that gas transit would not be at risk until Gazprom and Naftogaz fully terminated their agreement.

 

 W.Europe
2018, March, 4, 10:50:00

SIBERIAN LNG FOR BRITAIN

FT - UK gas prices have soared this week as the extreme weather dubbed the “Beast from the East” generated huge demand for energy. Wholesale “same-day” prices more than quadrupled at one point to reach their highest level in at least 12 years.

 

 W.Europe
2018, February, 27, 14:10:00

RUSSIAN GAS FOR AUSTRIA UP

GAZPROM - In early 2018, the demand for gas is still on the rise in the country. According to estimates, from January 1 through February 21, 2018, Gazprom delivered to Austria 1.8 billion cubic meters of gas, a rise of 60.6 per cent against the same period of 2017 (1.1 billion cubic meters).

 W.Europe
2018, February, 12, 07:35:00

GAS SHORTAGE FOR EUROPE

REUTERS - “Europe completely miscalculated when they assumed that they won’t need much additional gas and if they need some it can be supplied from outside Russia,” Medvedev, who looks after exports for the world’s top gas producer and exporter, said.

Tags: RUSSIA, BRITAIN, GAS, USA

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RUSSIAN GAS FOR BRITAIN OVER
2018, May, 21, 10:40:00

U.S. PETROLEUM DEMAND UP BY 750 TBD

API - American Petroleum Institute reported that the first four months of this year saw U.S. petroleum demand average 750 thousand barrels a day above the same period in 2017 despite higher prices, a sign of solid economic activity. April also saw the U.S. produce a record 10.5 million barrels per day (MBD) of oil.

RUSSIAN GAS FOR BRITAIN OVER
2018, May, 21, 10:35:00

IMF: EGYPT'S GROWTH UP

IMF - “Egypt’s growth has continued to accelerate during 2017/18, rising to 5.2 percent in the first half of the year from 4.2 percent in 2016/17. The current account deficit has also declined sharply, reflecting the recovery in tourism and strong growth in remittances, while improved investor confidence has continued to support portfolio inflows. In addition, gross international reserves rose to $44 billion by end-April, equal to 7 months of imports.

RUSSIAN GAS FOR BRITAIN OVER
2018, May, 21, 10:30:00

U.S. RIGS UP 1 TO 1,046

BAKER HUGHES A GE - U.S. Rig Count is up 1 rig from last week to 1,046, with oil rigs unchanged at 844, gas rigs up 1 to 200, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged at 2. Canada Rig Count is up 4 rigs from last week to 83, with oil rigs up 6 to 38 and gas rigs down 2 to 45.

RUSSIAN GAS FOR BRITAIN OVER
2018, May, 18, 09:20:00

OIL PRICE: ABOVE $79

REUTERS - Brent crude futures LCOc1 were at $79.57 per barrel at 0310 GMT, up 27 cents, or 0.3 percent from their last close. Brent broke through $80 for the first time since November 2014 on Thursday. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $71.62 a barrel, up 13 cents, or 0.2 percent, from their last settlement.

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