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Brad Hitch

Brad Hitch has spent more than 23 years working in LNG and natural gas trading from London and Houston. He currently works as an adviser to new market entrants, and he has held senior trading and origination positions at Barclays, Cheniere Energy Inc., Enron Corp., Merrill Lynch and Williams. With experience that includes establishing one of the first LNG trading desks, he has participated in various stages of the global gas market’s evolution. During his time at Merrill Lynch, he worked as head strategist on the European gas desk and led an initiative to enter the LNG trading market. Prior to returning to Houston, he worked for Cheniere in London and was primarily responsible for establishing and managing a derivative trading function. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of Kentucky.

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South, Southeast Asian Importers Poised to Drive Growth in New Normal for Global LNG Market – Column

South, Southeast Asian Importers Poised to Drive Growth in New Normal for Global LNG Market – Column

The last few months have seen the European natural gas market enter a new phase of its post-Ukraine invasion existence.

March 6, 2024
A New Normal Has Settled in for the Global Natural Gas Market – Column

A New Normal Has Settled in for the Global Natural Gas Market – Column

The global natural gas market has traveled quite a long distance over the last 12 months.

February 2, 2024
The Great Recession’s Impact on Spain’s Natural Gas Market Still Ripples Through Global LNG Trade – Column

The Great Recession’s Impact on Spain’s Natural Gas Market Still Ripples Through Global LNG Trade – Column

Although a stranded one, Spain’s natural gas market became a European hub years ago. Since then, the Spanish market has evolved to hold a unique role in the global market, but it’s worth noting that its position was largely carved by how the country adapted to the Great Recession.

January 17, 2024
Assessing Spain’s Unique Role in Growing Global Natural Gas Market – Column

Assessing Spain’s Unique Role in Growing Global Natural Gas Market – Column

The Spanish market occupies a unique place in the universe of the global natural gas market.

December 20, 2023
Algeria’s Growing Natural Gas Exports Could Prove Unsustainable – Column

Algeria’s Growing Natural Gas Exports Could Prove Unsustainable – Column

Since last year, Europe’s oldest LNG provider has stepped in with a significant increase in supply during the continent’s hour of need to partially offset the loss of Russian natural gas imports.

December 4, 2023
Algeria’s Growing Role as a European Natural Gas Supply Wild Card is Rooted in its LNG Origins – Column

Algeria’s Growing Role as a European Natural Gas Supply Wild Card is Rooted in its LNG Origins – Column

Algerian pipeline and LNG imports have recently been a wild card in European gas projections.

November 16, 2023
Nigeria’s Path to Become a Global LNG Power Player Still Blocked by Critical Hurdles – Column

Nigeria’s Path to Become a Global LNG Power Player Still Blocked by Critical Hurdles – Column

In July of last year, facing the prospect of its first winter without access to LNG supply, the European Commission (EC) sent the deputy director of its energy department on a fact finding mission to Nigeria.

November 1, 2023
Qatar’s North Field Project Presents Less Risk for Oversupply Than Country’s Earlier Expansions – Column

Qatar’s North Field Project Presents Less Risk for Oversupply Than Country’s Earlier Expansions – Column

After several years of chronically tight LNG markets, there was optimism among LNG buyers at the start of 2011. It seemed like the tables were turning in the favor of downstream buyers that had invested heavily in import infrastructure only to see terminals underutilized.

October 18, 2023
Qatar’s Push to Maintain LNG Dominance Promises to Influence How Competitors Market Volumes – Column

Qatar’s Push to Maintain LNG Dominance Promises to Influence How Competitors Market Volumes – Column

When Australia’s LNG exports overtook Qatar’s in 2021, it was the first and only time since 2005 that Qatar had not been the world’s largest liquefied natural gas exporter. It regained the title in 2022.

October 4, 2023
Australian LNG Strikes Shine Light on Country’s Broader Natural Gas Market Issues – Column

Australian LNG Strikes Shine Light on Country’s Broader Natural Gas Market Issues – Column

Labor unions’ decision to partially stop work last week at the Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG export facilities in Western Australia spurred a significant rally in the European natural gas market, once again shining a light on the increasingly sensitive links between regional gas markets.

September 13, 2023
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