Asian LNG patrons face challenges restocking for winter as Freeport outage ripples into This fall

Asian LNG buyers face challenges restocking for winter as Freeport outage ripples into Q4

The Asian LNG market is bracing for sturdy competitors for restocking forward of winter as costs down the curve rise considerably in mid-June, with Gazprom’s gasoline provide cuts and an prolonged Freeport LNG outage exacerbating already tight provide.

A spike in September-December costs was growing the price of stocking up on LNG forward of the height winter demand season, market sources stated.

The Platts JKM derivatives evaluation for the fourth quarter rose $12.45/MMBtu week on week was $39.400/MMBtu on the London market shut June 16, S&P International Commodity Insights knowledge confirmed.

The October and November assessments had been $38.35/MMBtu and $39.65/MMBtu, respectively.

“[End-users] may have difficulties build up their inventories for the winter season. The European gasoline market will probably be bullish, not just for the short-term however for LT [long-term], together with this market,” an end-user in Asia stated.

Earlier expectations of the outage at Freeport LNG eradicating 12-15 cargoes had been “grossly underestimated,” he added.

The Freeport LNG export facility in Texas introduced June 14 that “partial resumption of operations is focused to be achieved in roughly 90 days” and a return to full capability was not anticipated till late 2022, far later than essentially the most optimistic expectations out there of an end-June restart.

The information of the prolonged outage at Freeport — which accounts for roughly 4% of worldwide LNG exports — spurred a value rally as market members scrambled to re-optimize portfolios impacted by the availability deficit.
Ripple impact

Whereas the vast majority of exports from Freeport are delivered to the Atlantic, the extended disruption may have a ripple impact as Asian patrons flip to various procurement channels to account for the shortfall going into the winter peak season, market sources stated.

Asian time period lifters from Freeport like Japan’s JERA and Osaka Fuel have signaled their intent to further spot cargoes to cowl the availability loss from Freeport, S&P International reported earlier. JERA and Osaka Fuel every carry 2.32 million mt/yr of Freeport LNG.

Different offtakers– portfolio majors TotalEnergies and BP– had been additionally lively within the August spot market earlier within the week.

The Platts JKM for August supply rose 9.650/MMBtu day on day to $38.580/MMBtu June 16, S&P International Commodity Insights knowledge confirmed.

The European benchmark TTF month-ahead value subsequently fell to $36.967/MMBtu on the London shut June 16.

South Korea’s SK E&S, which lifts 2.2 million mt/yr from Freeport LNG, is anticipated to comply with Japanese patrons into the spot market amid sturdy demand and the delayed restart of nuclear reactor items. South Korea has imported 0.672 million mt of LNG from Freeport LNG up to now in 2022.

Asian patrons may even be competing immediately with European LNG importers trying to meet an EU goal of filling gasoline storage to 80% of capability by Nov. 1.

Merchants stated this will likely go away some Asian patrons brief as Atlantic demand will increase from various sources like Africa and the Center East.

Russian gasoline

The persevering with Russia-Ukraine battle poses additional upside dangers.

Russia’s Gazprom stated June 15 that flows of pure gasoline by way of the Portovaya compressor station, the beginning level for the important thing Nord Stream pipeline to Germany, could be restricted to a most of 67 million cu m/d from June 16, S&P International reported earlier. This comes after Italy’s Eni stated that Gazprom had diminished gasoline provide by 15% on June 15.

The additional minimize by Gazprom exacerbates the already tight gasoline scenario in Europe, which, coupled with the Freeport outage, might end in a 4 Bcm/month gasoline scarcity in Europe or roughly equal to 30-40 LNG ships a month for a protracted time, S&P International reported earlier.

Merchants stated they largely anticipated the discount in gasoline provides from Gazprom to be extended.

Indications that cost for Russian gasoline provides in rubles would breach of EU sanctions may additionally shift extra demand to the LNG market, including to already tight international supply-demand LNG mechanics and strain costs even increased.
Supply: Platts


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