US liquefied natural gas (LNG) developer Venture Global LNG has signed a trio of supply deals with China’s Sinopec. Significantly, the sales contracts will more than double China’s imports of LNG from the US.
Plunging temperatures across parts of China have sparked an early start to the winter heating season, likely lifting power demand and intensifying the nation’s energy crisis.
China’s energy crunch pulled in more coal and gas imports in September, as buyers scrambled to ensure adequate supplies to counter a deepening power shortage ahead of peak winter demand.
News that Cheniere (NYSE:LNG) signed a long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply contract with China’s ENN Natural Gas (CH:600803) earlier this week marked the first major US-China deal since 2018. Over the past three years, new LNG deals between the two great powers were put on ice as rising political tensions under the Trump administration thwarted trade.
Estimates from OilX show China’s crude oil imports fell 8.6% month-on-month to average 9.62 million barrels per day (b/d) in September. This would imply a year-on-year fall of 18.7%, or 2.2 million b/d, the latest data from the analytics firm showed.
US-based Cheniere Energy (NYSE:LNG) will supply 0.9 million tonnes per year of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to China for 13 years starting in July 2022 after signing a deal with ENN Natural Gas (SHA:600803).
A large gas refinery in the Far East of Russia has been shut down after a fire erupted at the site early on Friday morning.
China is urging its liquefied natural gas (LNG) importers to procure more supply to fix its energy crisis, while providing little financial support for firms paying record-high rates for the super-chilled fuel.
China’s announcement at the United Nations General Assembly that it will no longer build any new coal-fired power plants abroad accelerates the energy transition in Asia’s emerging markets but also raises challenges, according to a new analysis by the IHS Markit Global Power and Renewables service.
Asia gas prices may be high, but over the years they are poised to go even higher due to two key developments that threaten to change Japan’s role and influence in global liquefied natural gas (LNG) markets, according to the latest analysis from Japan NRG.
All eyes are on Glasgow as the world’s leaders prepare to convene for COP26, and the call to action has never been stronger as the climate crisis rolls on.
China’s energy crisis has highlighted weaknesses in one of President Xi Jinping’s top priorities -- energy security -- that could have ramifications for the power system for years to come.
China will build four new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers for Qatar Petroleum, as part of a deal worth 2.8 billion Qatari Riyals ($760 million) that will help bolster the country’s fleet, as its North Field expansion progresses. Significantly, it is the first order placed with a Chinese shipyard for LNG vessels by Qatar Petroleum and underscores the strengthening strategic relationship between the two nations.
Jakarta is preparing to bolster its maritime security defences in the Natuna Sea, which is rich in fisheries and natural gas, after increasing incursions by Chinese vessels within Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The news should provide some comfort to upstream oil and gas investors operating in the Natuna Sea.
Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices surged to a record-high as global competition for the super-chilled fuel intensified amid low inventories and coal shortages.
China’s central government officials ordered the country’s top state-owned energy companies -- from coal to electricity and oil -- to secure supplies for this winter at all costs, according to people familiar with the matter.
Malaysia’s Petronas said it will deliver three ‘carbon neutral’ liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes from its Bintulu export complex to China’s Shenergy at terminals in Shanghai between October 2021 and March 2022. Still, question marks remain around whether the industry can really make LNG carbon neutral.
Qatar Petroleum has signed a deal with China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) for the supply of 3.5 million tonnes per year (t/y) of liquefied natural gas (LNG) over a 15-year term starting January 2022. Significantly, the deal brings Qatari LNG supplies to China under long-term deals to 15.5 million t/y.
Analysts expect Australian liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplier Woodside (ASX:WPL) to benefit as China faces a severe winter of energy shortages, with primary energy demand surging to a 10-year high.
While most gas suppliers look set to benefit from a global spike in gas prices, PetroChina (HK:857) is one of the few exceptions, as regulated prices and rising gas import losses are set to squeeze China’s largest gas producer.
China’s energy crisis is shaping up as the latest shock to global supply chains as factories in the world’s biggest exporter are forced to conserve energy by curbing production in part due to gas shortages. Significantly, China the world’s top buyer of natural gas, has not filled stockpiles fast enough, even though imports have surged in the last year. This could spark a global bidding war for gas supplies.
As global markets consolidate recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, LNG markets globally are tightening, with demand growth led by anticipated surge in Asian and Latin America demand.
Harbour Energy (LON:HBR) and its partner Zarubezhneft have successfully completed their first appraisal well in the Tuna Block in the Natuna Sea offshore Indonesia despite reports that Chinese vessels had been meddling in the area.
China’s national oil companies, CNPC, CNOOC, and Sinopec, are expected to spend over $120 billion on drilling and well services by 2025 to help meet rising domestic oil and gas demand. With 118,000 wells estimated to be drilled in China, analysts at Rystad Energy reckon there will be significant opportunities for innovative suppliers.
China begins the sale of its strategic petroleum reserves (SPR) today, which is unlikely to have material impact on crude oil markets globally, reckons Wood Mackenzie.