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Dutch Natural Gas Futures Set Record on ICE as Benchmark Increasingly Used in Global Trade

Dutch Natural Gas Futures Set Record on ICE as Benchmark Increasingly Used in Global Trade

Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (ICE) said its Title Transfer Facility (TTF) futures contract, a leading European natural gas benchmark that’s become increasingly tied to global trade of the fuel, reached an all-time open interest record of 1.93 million contracts earlier this month.  Open interest for TTF, or the number of outstanding derivative contracts that serves as…

May 24, 2021
Asian, European Natural Gas Prices Hit Fresh Highs as Regions Compete for Supply — LNG Recap

Asian, European Natural Gas Prices Hit Fresh Highs as Regions Compete for Supply — LNG Recap

Asian and European natural gas prices on Tuesday soared to multi-month highs, continuing a run of strength as demand remained unseasonably high. Tuesday’s gains came after the prompt Title Transfer Facility benchmark finished Monday at $8.973/MMBtu and the prompt National Balancing Point broke through the $9.00 barrier to hit $9.05 after a stretch of continued…

May 11, 2021
TTF, JKM Move Higher as Asia, Europe Compete for Natural Gas — LNG Recap

TTF, JKM Move Higher as Asia, Europe Compete for Natural Gas — LNG Recap

European and Asian natural gas prices continued moving higher last week and again finished strong on Monday as the regions competed for supplies.  Lingering cold in Europe, along with a drop in pipeline imports and a rise in the Japan-Korea Marker (JKM) contract, are supporting prices on the continent, where storage inventories remain about 25%…

May 3, 2021
Global Natural Gas Prices Sputter, but Stronger Outlook Remains Unchanged — LNG Recap

Global Natural Gas Prices Sputter, but Stronger Outlook Remains Unchanged — LNG Recap

A rally in Asian and European natural gas prices lost steam last week, but fundamentals remain unchanged as the coming months are still expected to be tight.  European futures closed higher on Tuesday, recovering some of last week’s losses as the near-term curve was lifted by lingering cold, weak Russian pipeline imports and ongoing strength…

April 27, 2021
U.S. LNG Terminals Seen Running at Full Capacity Through Summer to Meet Global Demand

U.S. LNG Terminals Seen Running at Full Capacity Through Summer to Meet Global Demand

It’s shaping up to be a drastically different summer for U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporters as the global market has unexpectedly tightened and demand has spiked in a reversal of fortunes from last year when trade slumped to historic lows.  “Things changed a lot,” said Rystad Energy’s Carlos Torres Diaz, head of gas and…

April 23, 2021
European, Asian Natural Gas Prices Rally as Market Continues Tightening — LNG Recap

European, Asian Natural Gas Prices Rally as Market Continues Tightening — LNG Recap

Natural gas prices in Europe and Asia are moving higher as the market has continued to tighten in a trend that’s setting the stage for a  bullish summer for liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports.  Both the prompt Title Transfer Facility (TTF) and National Balancing Point contracts jumped above $7/MMBtu last week, while Japan-Korea Marker (JKM)…

April 20, 2021
Near-Record Export Demand Fuels More Gains for Natural Gas Futures, Cold Snap Boosts Cash

Near-Record Export Demand Fuels More Gains for Natural Gas Futures, Cold Snap Boosts Cash

Natural gas futures resumed their climb on Monday, buoyed by near-record export demand and the arrival of chilly weather. With the latest forecast extending and intensifying the cooler temperatures, the May Nymex contract settled 6.9 cents higher at $2.749. June climbed 6.4 cents to $2.818. Spot gas prices also moved higher in most areas outside…

April 19, 2021
ICE Again Reports Record TTF Trading Activity in March as LNG Market Braces for Tight Summer

ICE Again Reports Record TTF Trading Activity in March as LNG Market Braces for Tight Summer

Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (ICE) again saw record activity in March across its European Title Transfer Facility (TTF) benchmark as the global liquefied natural gas (LNG) market is seen tightening. Open interest on TTF hit an unprecedented 18,184 lots on March 30, nearly 8% higher than the record previously reported in February, ICE said in a…

April 16, 2021
Global Natural Gas Prices Inch Higher as Colder Weather Stokes Demand — LNG Recap

Global Natural Gas Prices Inch Higher as Colder Weather Stokes Demand — LNG Recap

Resilient demand in Asia and colder weather in Europe supported global natural gas prices at the start of the week, further strengthening the outlook for U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports.  Both near-curve Title Transfer Facility and National Balancing Point contracts in Europe closed higher Monday. Temperatures across the continent are expected to trend cooler…

April 12, 2021
Tellurian ‘Adapts’ Driftwood LNG Plans on Heels of Covid-19

Tellurian ‘Adapts’ Driftwood LNG Plans on Heels of Covid-19

Tellurian Inc. could begin construction on certain elements of its Driftwood liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Louisiana as early as this summer, CEO Octávio Simões said recently. “We’re aiming to start construction of the owner obligation costs this summer,” Simões told NGI. Those owner obligations are not covered by the company’s engineering, procurement and…

April 9, 2021