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Europe's Shift from Russian Gas to Pricey LNG

Europe's Shift from Russian Gas to Pricey LNG

Europe's switch from Russian pipeline…

Charles Kennedy

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China To Stop Reselling LNG To Europe

  • Chinese state-owned energy giants have been recently told by authorities to stop reselling liquefied natural gas.
  • In recent months, Chinese LNG importers have been selling their excess inventories to Europe.
  • Europe’s LNG supply could dwindle just ahead of the winter heating season.
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Chinese state-owned energy giants have been recently told by authorities to stop reselling liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes to gas-starved Europe, in what could be a blow to the European hopes of continuous high inflows of LNG as the winter approaches.   

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China’s top planning body, has told the country’s state-held LNG importers, including Sinopec, PetroChina, and CNOOC, that they should stop reselling LNG cargoes and keep them to ensure Chinese gas supply this winter, sources familiar with the development told Bloomberg on Monday.

In recent months, Chinese LNG importers have been selling their excess inventories to Europe and reaping big profits from the sales because of lackluster demand in China. Chinese domestic demand has been hit by incessant snap city-wide Covid lockdowns and a slowdown in economic growth.

So Chinese sales of LNG have been a relief to the European market so far this year.

But as China now moves to cater to its own energy security this winter, Europe’s LNG supply could dwindle just ahead of the winter heating season.

Gas prices in Europe have dropped from record highs and hit on Monday the lowest level in three months after the EU is reportedly looking to introduce measures to limit the market volatility of the benchmark European natural gas prices at the Dutch TTF hub. According to a draft document that Bloomberg News has seen, the European Commission is set to propose measures to limit extreme price spikes in derivatives trading.

Moreover, gas storage sites across the EU were 92% full as of October 16, according to data from Gas Infrastructure Europe. The storage sites are being filled faster than the EU and many individual members had initially planned. Although gas in storage alone will not be enough to see an economy such as Germany’s through the winter, the faster-than-planned gas storage filling has eased somewhat supply concerns, for now.   

By Charles Kennedy for Oilprice.com

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on October 17 2022 said:
    China’s decision is intended to ensure enough supplies of LNG this winter though it will be a blow to the EU's hopes of receiving more LNG supplies as the winter approaches.

    Moreover, capping the price of both Russian gas and oil exports is doomed to fail and could only lead to higher price for both. This will definitely add to the staggering energy bills that the EU countries are already paying and worsen their energy security.

    The reason is that Russia will kill such proposals by cutting both its gas and oil exports to countries that implement such a cap thus causing prices to hit even more staggering levels.

    Even the EU’s top diplomat Josep Borrell is now admitting that the EU’s prosperity was built on cheap Russian gas and with that gas gone, so was prosperity.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert
  • Michael Peinsipp on October 18 2022 said:
    Unless Biden and Company reverse actions against the oil companies in America, fuel prices will keep going up until Biden is removed or voted OUT of office and Trump fixes everything...if even he can.
    All of you who voted for Biden...you are responsible for this destruction of America's Security, Sovereignty and overall market health.

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