News & Analysis - Natural Gas
April 15, 2015
The UK’s Conservative party has released its 2015 manifesto. Among the commitments is a pledge to establish a shale gas wealth fund for the north of England.
April 13, 2015
Shell has become the first major to take proper advantage of the low oil price, taking out a company that it has long been interested in buying, and the reason is a good one, says William Powell.
April 01, 2015
Henry Edwardes-Evans looks at why European utilities are holding off building new thermal power plants and closing stations that seem to have just become operational.
Platts LNG team looks at the short- and long-term implications of the $70-billion Shell-BG Group deal on the LNG market. North American natural gas production is outstripping demand, and increasing power demand due to the forced retirement of coal plants may not be enough to stabilize gas prices. Colette Honorable, Commissioner, US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, addressed FERC's busy policy and legal agenda at the Platts Energy Podium event in Washington. Taiwan is starting to prepare for its peak summer season and LNG demand fundamentals are about to change. Indonesian gas projects face delays because their operators do not know if their production-sharing contracts are to be extended: only this month did Total learn the fate of its contract to produce gas from the Mahakam field.
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Spot natural gas prices in the US Gulf Coast made small moves in either direction Monday on cooler-than-normal weather forecasts around the country and weakness in the NYMEX February futures contract. The cash price at Henry Hub edged a couple of cents lower to average around $2.90/MMBtu on IntercontinentalExchange. New Orleans is forecast to see highs in the mid-50s Jan 13, about 7 degrees below normal.