|2019-12-16 来源： 中国石化新闻网|
郝芬 译自 天然气加工新闻网
Asian LNG prices rise for first time since October
Asian spot prices for liquefied natural gas (LNG) edged up this week after almost two months of declines on new demand.
The average LNG price for January delivery into northeast Asia LNG-AS is estimated at about $5.65 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), up 15 cents from the previous week, sources said. The February price is estimated at around $5.50/mmBtu.
The Asian market is still at its lowest level seasonally.
“There was a bearish sentiment in the market for a long time, so probably people are realising now that prices have come off too much to withhold from buying,” one LNG trader said.
Much of the demand came from Turkish state energy company Botas which is seeking around 30 cargoes for December to March delivery.
“The reason (for the tender) is simply the attractive LNG prices rather than a demand increase,” Botas told Reuters.
A gas trader in Turkey said that the price for Russian pipeline gas is around $3.00/mmBtu more expensive that the spot LNG price, but added that the premium is seen as decreasing after the first quarter 2020.
There were also a few buying enquiries in the Far East and India within tenders and on the bilateral basis, market sources said.
Indian Oil Corp purchased a cargo slightly above$5.00/mmBtu for Dec. 22 delivery, one trader said.
Japan’s Tohoku Electric Power has bought a cargo in a tender for late January delivery at around $5.60/mmBtu, two sources said.
There was also a buy tender from Malaysia’s producer Petronas for a cargo to be delivered to Japan in the first half of January, they added.