Asian LNG prices down

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    SINGAPORE- Asian spot prices for liquefied natural gas (LNG) were weighed down this week by a supply glut as more spot cargoes flooded the market, while demand growth was muted by signs of a mild winter in Northeast Asia.

    Prices for January delivery to Northeast Asia LNG-AS are estimated to be about $5.70 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), down 20 cents from last week for the same period, said several sources who are market participants.

    Prices for December delivery are estimated at about $5 to $5.20 per mmBtu, down about 20 to 40 cents per mmBtu from the previous week, they added.

    With European gas storage nearly full, cargoes may struggle to find a home, traders said.

    Singapore’s Pavilion Energy has taken the unusual step of cancelling the loading of a cargo from the United States, but has agreed to pay for it, several industry sources said.

    A company spokeswoman said Pavilion evaluated scheduling and other commercial matters and took the decision not to lift the cargo in coordination with the supplier.

    Supply was ample with several LNG plants offering cargoes this week.

    Angola’s LNG project offered a cargo for delivery in January to as far as Indonesia, while Australia’s Ichthys and Papua New Guinea LNG plants offered a cargo each for December, sources said. — Reuters