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European gas markets to remain attractive for spot LNG cargoes

December 19, 2014 (6:36)

Siobhan Hall discusses how the dramatic fall in Asian gas prices is bringing more LNG to the French market; how Europe will attract more LNG when European spot gas prices exceed Platts JKM netback values; and also at how the Belgian power market is coping with severe nuclear power supply shortages this winter.

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NYMEX January closes down 17.8 cents at $3.464/MMBtu
Houston (Platts)--19 Dec 2014 406 pm EST/2106 GMT
The NYMEX January natural gas futures contract fell 17.8 cents to settle Friday at $3.464/MMBtu on moderate weather forecasts and gas stocks that are above year-ago levels.
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Analysis & Data Features

December 18, 2014
The Platts JKM for January-delivery LNG cargoes was down 47% year on year, the largest year-on-year drop in prices since Platts began assessing the JKM in 2009.
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Global LNG Update: JKM-DES West India LNG spread shrinks as competition fizzles
The spread between the Platts JKM and DES West India Marker has fallen to a record low with weak demand and rapidly falling North Asian spot prices.

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Liquidity Report: European gas traded volume update for November 2014
December 19, 2014
Platts European gas market reporters discuss November 2014 trading results, commenting on recent trends in gas trading across the region.
US gas markets see renewed chance for volatility with new year approaching
December 15, 2014
Gas prices are getting their first extended tastes of the winter 2014-2015 season, including the expected volatility in cash and forwards markets.
Weak Asian demand changes global LNG trade dynamics
December 08, 2014
Platts editors talk about the impact of South Korea's return to the spot market and the effect of falling crude oil prices on the LNG market.
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Price Focus

Gas price blowouts in New England may be limited this winter by ISO-New England's Winter Reliability Program, which includes provisions to boost oil inventories and oil usage by power generators in an effort to improve grid reliability during extreme cold periods when gas prices increase. Pipeline constraints and a complete absence of gas storage capacity in the region have led to recurring winter gas price spikes and gas supply challenges.

The Barrel Blog

December 19, 2014
Electricity capacity markets are between a hot and a cold place, and the strains are nowhere more evident than at the PJM Interconnection.
December 09, 2014
The dramatic fall in crude oil prices in the second half of this year runs against the recent assumptions of the UK’s energy policy-makers.
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North American Natural Gas Markets methodology Published November 2014

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