A tripling of LNG output likely to hit the shipping market

A predicted tripling of sanctions for global LNG projects in 2019 threatens to disrupt future shipping logistics as demand for the gas enters a more volatile phase because of a rapid increase in supply.

This is the result of a likely record year for final investment decisions (FIDs) that will ultimately deliver more than 60M tonnes of LNG per year (mta), nearly three times the 21 mta sanctioned in 2018, as the research director for Wood Mackenzie Giles Farrer forecasts. Inevitably, increased availability of LNG will influence where tankers deliver their loads.

But Wood Mackenzie also predicts shorter-term volatility in the vagaries of the weather that could affect shipping movements – “a mild end to [the 2019] winter could send more LNG into Europe and drive prices down further,” he said.

The energy consultant’s predictions come at a time of concern over the availability of LNG tankers to handle the huge extra output, particularly in the spot market because most of the fleet are locked into exclusive long-term charters. In a mid-2018 study, the International Energy Agency highlighted a possible shortfall in vessels as a threat to the security of supply, particularly in more remote regions.

The dearth of available LNG carriers is reflected in rocketing spot charter rates. In November, they shot to US$190,000 a day, five times higher than in early May.

Overall though, it appears the tanker fleet will have to adjust to changes in demand in the medium-term future. “Asian LNG demand growth will not keep pace with LNG supply and Europe – northwest Europe in particular – will have to absorb the surplus, especially during the summer,” he predicted in a release this week. “But Europe needs additional imports and flexibility, given its increased reliance on maxed-out Russian and Norwegian imports.”

It is therefore likely, he added, “there would be more LNG imports than required. And that in turn would provide competition to pipe imports and put pressure on prices,” he said. However Mr Farrer does not see the level of oversupply in 2019 that others fear.

A record number of LNG projects, as measured by volume, are due to get the green light. Wood Mackenzie sees the frontrunners in the race to hit FID in 2019 as the giant US$27Bn Arctic LNG-2 project in Russia, at least one project in Mozambique and three in America. Of the latter, Wood Mackenzie identifies three major operations as top picks – Golden Pass, Calcasieu Pass and Sabine Pass Train 6.

But that is not all. There are other projects in the pipeline in America as well as in Qatar, Papua New Guinea, Australia and Nigeria, all aiming for FID in 2019.

Wood Mackenzie sees other global influences that would inevitably determine the course of the growing LNG shipping network. “A recession would bring gas/LNG demand and oil prices down, delay FIDs and push the global LNG market back a few years,” said Mr Farrer. “But there could be a worse scenario for the gas market: a major economic downturn happening in 2020 or 2021, just after 60-100 mta of LNG has taken FID. That would wipe out our forecast price recovery post-2020 and make our forecast that prices soften a little around 2025 look a lot worse.”

Chinese demand is also less certain than it was in 2018, particularly if Beijing rethinks its headlong switch from coal to gas. In the last two years demand for LNG hovered between 40-45% growth, but that could fall to about 20%. However, as Wood Mackenzie pointed out, even if that happened China would remain by far the largest customer for LNG in the global market.


Saudi Arabia wants to buy tons of American natural gas

New York (CNN Business)Saudi Arabia has placed a huge bet on American natural gas.
In a sign of shifting energy fortunes, Saudi Aramco announced a mega preliminary agreement on Wednesday to buy 5 million tons of liquefied natural gas per year from a Port Arthur, Texas export project that's under development.
If completed, the purchase from San Diego-based Sempra Energy (SRE) would be one of the largest LNG deals ever signed, according to consulting firm Wood Mackenzie.
Aramco, Saudi Arabia's crown jewel, would also inject a cash infusion into the Port Arthur development in exchange for a 25% stake.

"This is a major statement about the Saudis entering the LNG market and about how price competitive the outlook is for US gas," said Ira Joseph, head of gas and power at S&P Global Platts.
Although the agreement calls for Saudi Arabia to purchase LNG from the United States, Joseph said it's unlikely the fuel would end up being used to meet the kingdom's vast electricity needs. More likely, Aramco will try to sign up buyers in South America and Europe for the LNG.
"We expect Saudi Aramco will use this volume to establish a global portfolio as it seeks to become a global gas player," Giles Farrer, Wood Mackenzie's research director, wrote in a report.
Saudi investment offsets trade war headaches
Aramco is the world's largest oil company and owns America's largest refinery, which is also located in Port Arthur. But Aramco is just beginning to build its LNG footprint.
"We see significant opportunities in this market and we will continue to pursue strategic partnerships which enable us to meet rising global demand for LNG," Amin Nasser, Aramco's CEO, said in a statement.
The shale revolution has made the United States the world's largest producer of natural gas, a title it's held since 2009 after surpassing Russia.
There's so much natural gas that much of it is being turned into LNG, a super-cooled form of the fuel that it can be transported by ship overseas. China and other developing nations have turned to LNG as a cleaner alternative to coal.
The support from deep-pocketed Saudi Arabia could offset trade war headwinds facing America's US LNG industry.
But US-China and US-Saudi relations are tense.
China imposed a 10% tariff on US LNG in September. Earlier this month, China retaliated against new US tariffs by raising the duties on LNG to 25%. US oil, on the other hand, has been spared China's tariff wrath -- for now at least.
The Saudi Arabian government has been accused of ordering the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and its conflict with Yemen has been condemned by the US Congress. Sempra other companies doing business with Saudi Arabia faces a risk of criticism.
Sempra did not respond to a request for comment about concerns over its partnership with Saudi Arabia.
State oil companies hedge their portfolios
Foreign oil companies are helping to accelerate America's transformation into an LNG powerhouse.
ExxonMobil (XOM) has partnered with Qatar's state oil company on Golden Pass LNG, an export project located in Sabine Pass, Texas. The $10 billion project, scheduled for completion in 2024, is expected to have the ability to eventually export about 16 million tons of LNG a year.
The deals are further evidence of OPEC nations trying to hedge their bets due in part to rising concerns about climate change.

"As the energy transition intensifies," Farrer said, oil-focused national oil companies are "diversifying their exposure away from oil and into gas and LNG."
Farrer said Aramco has also been rumored to be interested in LNG deals in Australia, Arctic Russia and other major markets.

For Sempra, the Aramco deal is likely to increase confidence around the Port Arthur project, which is one of five LNG developments the company is working on in North America.
Wood Mackenzie said the Port Arthur project now likely has enough export volume under contract to secure debt financing. A final investment decision could be reached by the end of 2019 or early 2020.

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20.05.2019 kl 09:53 1092

LNGC: Spot rates moving further up, limited ship availability
The LNGC spot market continues to heat up, with another six fixtures (at least) concluded last week according to Poten & Partners. Another five are on subjects

With this, vessel availability remains low, withonly two vessels promptly available in the Atlantic basin. Eight ships free in the Pacific, however most of these are less efficient steam shipsRates have surged over the past week, with TFDE-rates quoted on average around USD 56,500/day –up near 50% in two weeks. So far in May we have seen near 25 fixtures, which sets the month on par to beat theall-timehigh count of 44x fixtures from May last year.Brokers are now already talking about MEGI-rates approaching six digits, withTeekay LNG Partners having fixed a 2008-built ship to Cheniere for a year at aroundUSD 80,000/day. This would peg MEGI-rates near USD 100,000/day for the same duration

Flex LNG is reportedly also closing in on maiden work for its next newbuild, with the Constellation (according to Tradewinds) on subjects for a 20-40-dayjob straight out of the yard

While the longer-termsustainability of LNGC spot rates have been dampened (in our view)after all the newbuild orders over the past six months, we still expect strong momentum going forward. Flex LNG and Golar LNG are our toppicks on this rebound
17.05.2019 kl 11:01 1299

Kan ikke huske å ha sett noen spesifikk dato. Blir listet etter søknaden er behandlet i H2 en gang.
17.05.2019 kl 10:43 1312

US LNG exports edge up on week

Liquefied natural gas exports from the U.S. increased over the last week, according to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

EIA stated in its weekly report that eleven LNG vessels, seven from Sabine Pass and two from Cove Point, departed from the United States between May 9 and May 15.

According to the data, the eleven vessels held a combined LNG-carrying capacity of 38.0 bcf.

Two vessels—one at Sabine Pass and one at Corpus Christi—were loading at their terminals on Wednesday.

It is worth noting that Sempra Energy, the owner of the Cameron LNG facility in Louisiana, started LNG production from its Train 1 and expects to load cargoes in the coming weeks.

16.05.2019 kl 11:23 1434

Flex går bra i dag noen som har noe nytt om rater?

Hei, Jeg ser flng har fylt inn skjema for registrering på NYSE. Er det noen som vet fra hvilken dag aksjene blir handlbare der?
15.05.2019 kl 19:10 1179

Uke 20:

LNG Rates
Spot Market (USD/Day) This week Change
East of Suez 155-165 000 cbm $33,000 $3,000
West of Suez 155-165 000 cbm $65,000 $0
1 Year T/C 155-160 000 cbm $78,000 $7,000
13.05.2019 kl 16:29 1303

LNGC: Spot rates starting to move –right on schedule

After a month of high fixture-activity we are now starting to see marked moves up in the LNGC spot market
According to Poten, at least seven fixtures were concluded last week, with average TFDE-rates now marked up to USD 51,000/day –up more than 20% w/w (+10,000)
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10.05.2019 kl 22:18 1501

(Reuters) - No liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels that left the United States in March and April have gone to China, Refinitiv Eikon shipping data shows, as the trade war between the two nations escalates.

On Friday, the United States increased its tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods to 25% from 10%, rattling financial markets already worried the 10-month trade war between the world’s two largest economies could spiral out of control.

So far this year, only two vessels have gone from the United States to China - one in January and one in February - versus 14 during the first four months of 2018 before the start of the trade war.

For a graphic on U.S. LNG shipments to China, see: tmsnrt.rs/2LB9nXV.

The data, however, shows a handful of vessels from the United States are still sailing across the Pacific Ocean and some could end up in China.

In 2018, 27 LNG vessels went from the United States to China, down from 30 in 2017. Most of those, however, left U.S. ports before the trade war started, with 18 tankers going to China in the first half of the year and just nine during the second half.

Executives at Cheniere Energy Inc, which owns two of the three big operating U.S. LNG export terminals, said this week that the trade war is “unproductive and creates some added costs for our Chinese consumers” but “hasn’t had an impact on us” and is not expected to have an impact going forward.

The United States and China started imposing tariffs on each other’s goods in July 2018. As the dispute heated up, China added LNG to its list of proposed tariffs in August and imposed a 10-percent tariff on LNG in September.

The United States is the fastest-growing LNG exporter in the world, while China is the fastest-growing importer of the fuel.

U.S. LNG sales jumped 61 percent in 2018 versus 2017, making the country the fourth-biggest exporter in the world, while China, the world’s second-biggest buyer of the fuel, increased its purchases by 39 percent last year as it weans its power and industrial sectors off coal to reduce pollution, according to data from the International Gas Union.

09.05.2019 kl 13:24 1709

Jeg synes igrunnen at Flex klarer sek OK i dag. Er det noen som har nor nytt pm rater?
08.05.2019 kl 20:04 1860

Her er status på Flex sine fartøy, alle i arbeid og Constellation kommer 10 juni. https://www.flexlng.com/fleet-list/
1. Owned FLEX ENDEAVOUR DSME MEGI + PRS 2018 173,400m3 0,075% Employed
2. Owned FLEX ENTERPRISE DSME MEGI + PRS 2018 173,400m3 0,075% Employed
3. Owned FLEX RANGER SHI MEGI 2018 174,000m3 0,085% Employed
4. Owned FLEX RAINBOW SHI MEGI 2018 174,000m3 0,085% Employed
5. Owned FLEX CONSTELLATION DSME MEGI + PRS 2019 173,400m3 0,075% Available 10th June 2019 Ex-yard
6. Owned FLEX COURAGEOUS DSME MEGI + PRS 2019 173,400m3 0,075% Available 31st August 2019 Ex-yard
03.05.2019 kl 08:14 2113

Pareto: FLNG kan betale utbytter fra H2 2019.
02.05.2019 kl 22:20 2237

Number of LNG tankers passing through Panama Canal in 2018 up 77% on year: canal authority

Houston — The number of LNG tankers through the expanded Panama Canal in 2018 increased 77% year on year, according to the Panama Canal Authority.
Looking at the volume of LNG carriers transiting the canal so far in 2019, this year's total could match 2018's number or increase this year if good weather conditions permit. As of March, 194 LNG tankers passed through the canal, the canal authority has reported. This represents 67% of the last year's total of 290. In 2017, the total was 163, while it was only 17 in 2016.

Since its expansion in June 2016, of the 6,000 Neopanamax ships that have transited to date more than 50% have been container ships, 26% have been LPG carriers and LNG carriers have been 11%. Dry and liquid bulk carriers, car carriers and cruise ships have made up the remaining transits.

According to the PCA, more than 90% of the LNG world's fleet can now transit the Panama Canal and this allows LNG producers in the Atlantic Basin, mainly those on the US Gulf Coast, to send cargoes to Asia, where 70% of the global demand is found.

The PCA last year doubled to two its guaranteed daily slots for LNG tankers. It also lifted some daylight restrictions for the ships.

However, due to a severe drought caused by an El Nino,thePCA has reduced the maximum authorized draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks for the fifth time this year. The drought has reduced water levels in two of the canal's largest tributary lakes. The draft restrictions are likely to reduce canal traffic significantly, which can lead to finding other routes or the option to pass through the canal with less cargo, making such exports less competitive. The latest maximum authorized draft is 13.41 meters (44 feet), effective April 30.

02.05.2019 kl 13:17 2341

Trump-Putin 1-0

‘Freedom gas’: US opens LNG floodgates to Europe

US energy secretary Rick Perry will sign two export orders for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Brussels today (2 May), in a move officials said will double America’s export capacity to Europe to 112 billion cubic meters per year as of 2020.

Seventy-five years after liberating Europe from Nazi Germany occupation, “the United States is again delivering a form of freedom to the European continent,” said Rick Perry, the US energy secretary.

“And rather than in the form of young American soldiers, it’s in the form of liquefied natural gas,” he told reporters in Brussels on Wednesday (1 May).

“So yes, I think you may be correct in your observation,” he said in reply to EURACTIV, who asked whether “freedom gas” would be a fair way of describing US LNG exports to Europe.

Perry is in Brussels to sign an LNG export order “with a couple of companies” on the sidelines of the first EU-US high-level business forum on energy, hosted by the European Commission on Thursday (2 May).

“So that’s a big deal,” Perry told a small group of journalists invited to a briefing. “The opportunity for Europe to have a very substantial supportive alternative to Russian gas is on display here,” he said.

The LNG export orders come as a follow-up to a July 2018 joint statement by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and US President Donald Trump, in which both sides agreed to strengthen strategic energy cooperation.

“The European Union wants to import more liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States to diversify its energy supply,” the statement said.

It’s only been a couple of years since the US started exporting LNG, and Japan is currently the biggest destination country. But the new export orders will allow doubling capacity to Europe, said Steven Winberg, assistant US secretary for fossil energy, who was sitting alongside Secretary Perry as part of an impressive US delegation.

“We’re expecting about 8 billion cubic meters per annum of [additional] US LNG into Europe over a 12 month period. We have about 10bcm per annum of capacity right now, so we could in effect double exports to Europe,” Winberg said.

“Perhaps even more relevant is that by 2020, we will go from 50bcm of export capacity to 112bcm per annum – more than doubling capacity in the next 18 months,” Winberg added.

LNG is significantly more expensive than pipeline gas from Russia and Norway, which are currently the two main exporters of gas to Europe. But some EU countries – chiefly Poland and the Baltic states – are ready to pay a premium in order to diversify their supplies.

Bulgaria, which is currently 100% reliant on Russian gas, said it was ready to import LNG from the US if the price was competitive, suggesting a $1 billion US fund could be used to bring the price down.

But Perry dismissed any suggestion that the US government would interfere on pricing, saying it was up to the companies involved to sign export and import deals.

“We are competing against a state actor which is heavily subsidised,” said, Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to the EU, in reference to Russia’s Gazprom. “And the more volume we do, I think the price will come down naturally,” he added.

Nord Stream 2 in the firing line

According to Perry, the US move on LNG exports will undermine the economic authority of Nord Stream 2, a controversial pipeline project designed to bring Russian gas directly to Germany via the Baltic Sea.

“It makes it more and more economically unfeasible,” said the US energy secretary. “When you get a 20 year contract signed for LNG and you know that the product is going to be delivered in a timely fashion over the next 20 years, why would you want to go to another source of energy?,” he asked.

“Russia will cut off your gas in a moment’s notice if you’re not following their political direction,” Perry warned, referring to a high-profile dispute between Ukraine and Russia over transit fees, which left Europe in the cold during the winter of 2006-07.

“We are not for Nord Stream 2,” Perry said, adding it was “a bad idea to have a single source of supply” for gas in Europe. “Every day that Nord Stream 2 is not completed is another day that the EU has more options for their future natural gas supplies,” he added.

Not only is the US opposed to Nord Stream 2, it has actually threatened to impose sanctions on European firms that participate in the Russian-sponsored gas pipeline project. And those sanctions remain on the table, Perry warned.

“The idea that sanctions are available is still very much a reality,” Perry said, adding it will be up to the US President to decide” whether to apply them or not.

29.04.2019 kl 12:49 2503

Flex LNG signs $550m of financing for four LNG carriers
Hamilton, Bermuda
April 29, 2019

Flex LNG LTD (OSE:FLNG) (“Flex LNG” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a sale-charterback transaction with Hyundai Glovis Co. Ltd. (“Hyundai Glovis”) for the vessels Flex Endeavour and Flex Enterprise. Under the agreement, Flex LNG will sell the vessels for a gross consideration of $420m, with a net consideration of $300m adjusted for a non-amortizing and non-interest bearing seller’s credit of $120m in total.

Flex Endeavour and Flex Enterprise will be charted back on a time-charter basis to subsidiaries of Flex LNG for a period of ten years. The Company will have options to acquire the vessels during the term of the time-charters. At the end of the ten-year charter period, Flex LNG will have the right to acquire the vessels and Hyundai Glovis will have the right to sell the vessels back to Flex LNG for a total consideration of $150m, net of the $120m seller’s credit. The existing ship management agreements will be novated to Hyundai Glovis, securing continuation of the ship management services.

The transaction with Hyundai Glovis remains subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2019. In connection with the transaction, the existing mortgage loans for the two vessels totaling approximately $194m will be prepaid and the transaction will thus significantly increase our liquidity.

Furthermore, Flex LNG is also pleased to inform that the $250m bank facility agreement for Flex Constellation and Flex Courageous, announced on 28 February 2019, has now been signed. The funds will be available for drawdown in connection with the scheduled deliveries in June and August, respectively.

Øystein M. Kalleklev, Chief Executive Officer, commented:
"We are pleased to announce a partnership with Hyundai Glovis, a top-tier global logistics and distribution company. The transaction secures us long-term financing at attractive terms and will significantly boost our cash position by more than $100m. With the two financings we are very well capitalized to take delivery of our remaining newbuildings. Cash break-even levels of less than $50,000 on average for these two financings demonstrate our ability to raise competitive and long-term financing from a diverse set of funding sources.

For further information, please contact:
Øystein M. Kalleklev,
Chief Executive Officer
Flex LNG Management AS
Telephone: +47 23 11 40 00
E-Mail: IR@flexlng.com

26.04.2019 kl 09:00 2957

GasLog LNG Partnership’s Q1 profit slips

GasLog Partners, the New York-listed spinoff of LNG shipper GasLog, reported a slide in profit for the first quarter of 2019.

In its latest report, the partnership reported a 45 percent drop from $37.3 million in the first quarter of 2018 to $20.4 million on IFRS basis in the first three months of the year.

The decrease in profit in the first quarter of 2019 as compared to the same period in 2018 is mainly attributable to a $12.0 million decrease in gain from the mark-to-market valuation of derivatives.

Additionally, the partnership attributed the drop to $5.5 million decrease in revenues due to the expirations of the initial time charters of the GasLog Shanghai, the GasLog Santiago and the GasLog Sydney in May, June and September 2018, respectively.

Following the expirations of their initial charters, the GasLog Shanghai has been trading in the spot market, the GasLog Santiago began a new multi‑year charter in August 2018 and the GasLog Sydney began a new 18‑month charter in December 2018.

As a result, the average daily hire rate decreased from $72,954 for the three-month period ended March 31, 2018, to $68,840 for the three-month period ended March 31, 2019.

GasLog LNG Partnership’s CEO Andrew Orekar noted the partnership has expanded its 15 LNG carriers increasing its contracted days to 91 percent in 2019 and 74 percent in 2020.

“Looking ahead, GasLog’s recent commercial successes, including new, multi-year charters with Endesa and JERA, have increased our drop-down pipeline to 13 vessels. Despite seasonal weakness in spot LNG shipping markets due to warmer than normal winter temperatures combined with high inventory levels, we expect the spot market to strengthen as we move through 2019, supported by the expected increase in new LNG supply over the balance of the year, especially from U.S. projects,” he said.

“Our guidance reflects the positive outlook for the LNG shipping market and our recently completed accretive acquisitions, while also considering our two scheduled dry-dockings and one vessel coming off charter in late 2019,” noted Orekar.

Despite LNG demand in the first quarter of 2019 being negatively impacted by warmer than usual weather in the Northern Hemisphere winter, global LNG imports during the period totaled 88 million tonnes, compared to 79 mt in the first quarter of 2018, or 11 percent growth, according to Poten.

The partnership expects the spot shipping rates to rise from current levels, with the magnitude and duration of that recovery dependent on several factors, particularly the pace and location of demand growth and cooling and heating demand during the Northern Hemisphere summer and winter respectively.

There are also indications that the newbuild ordering may be slowing somewhat compared to newbuild ordering in 2018.

“This is a positive development which we believe is necessary to avoid an overbuilt market in 2021 and 2022, a period when LNG supply additions are forecast to slow before increasing again in 2023 and 2024,” the partnership said in its report.


Ikke lukrativt i Q1 for denne bransjen..
25.04.2019 kl 13:23 3118

LNG Rates
Spot Market (USD/Day) This week Change
East of Suez 155-165 000 cbm $25,000 $0
West of Suez 155-165 000 cbm $39,000 $0
1 Year T/C 155-160 000 cbm $74,000 $0

Helt flatt i Uke 17
24.04.2019 kl 08:03 3331

China LNG imports surge 25% in March
China’s LNG imports surged 25% year on year in March to 4.06m tonnes (5.52bcm gas), customs data showed on Tuesday.

24.04.2019 kl 07:54 3347

Meget interessant, men kan neppe gjennomføres uten ny emisjon tenker jeg.. Blir uansett heftig overtegnet slik som sist.

23.04.2019 kl 16:58 3537

Bearish engulfing.
18.04.2019 kl 10:19 3869

LNG transport is where the big money is.

In the booming market for supercooled natural gas, the most precious commodity is the ship.

A global quest for cleaner energy has fired up demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG), which produces less carbon dioxide than coal. But an abundance of supply has helped keep prices subdued, meaning the most profitable trade is in renting out vessels to transport it.

Reflecting the white-hot demand for ships, over a dozen different companies, including energy majors BP and ExxonMobil, trading house Trafigura and gas utility Centrica are already looking to charter boats for the winter, according to four shipping industry sources, months earlier than usual.

ExxonMobil, Centrica and Trafigura declined to comment. BP did not respond to requests for comment.

Energy firms are trying to avoid getting stuck without ships on charter for the winter, when cold weather typically drives up trade in LNG and, consequently, transport costs. They also want to profit off less nimble rivals.

Last winter, spot charter rates – the cost of renting a ship to transport LNG in real-time – soared to almost $200,000 per day in November compared to around $40,000 in May, squeezing those companies which had left it too late to secure vessels cheaply.

Currently, spot rates are around $40,000 per day while rates for charters covering next winter are between $70,000-$80,000 a day, two shipping industry sources said.

Energy groups including Shell, BP, China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC), Cheniere and Gazprom, utilities Naturgy and Centrica and trading firms such as Gunvor and Trafigura are renting vessels for months or years and sub-letting some of them to competitors, according to half a dozen sources.

None of the firms would comment.

The market for LNG freight trade is relatively new and many companies are reluctant to talk about trading strategies, which are still being developed.

“We see LNG shipping as a commodity on its own,” said Niels Fenzl, Vice President Transportation and Terminals at Uniper, an energy firm which along with Shell, pioneered freight trade within the LNG market.

“We were one of the first companies who started to trade LNG vessels around two or three years ago and we see more companies are considering trading LNG freight now.”


The market for LNG has exploded in the last few years as countries, in particular China, look to reduce their reliance on coal. Technological developments have also enabled the United States to unlock cheap, abundant shale gas supplies. Starting from scratch, the United States has become the world’s fourth-largest exporter of LNG in three years.

Shell predicts that the volume of LNG traded will rise 11 percent this year to 354 million tonnes. Five years ago, it was 239 million, according to the International Group of LNG Importers.

The increased trade has, however, resulted in thinner margins between different regions, meaning less opportunity to profit on spreads between LNG prices around the globe.

Last winter, the average premium of Asian prices over Europe was around $1 per million British thermal units (mmBtu). In the winter of 2011-2012 it averaged $7.3 per mmBtu, Refinitiv Eikon data shows.

Nearly 50 LNG ships were launched last year, bringing the total fleet to around 550, but with LNG supply growing quickly and seasonal peaks, the margins on LNG shipping rates can be eye-popping.

Last year, Cheniere made deals in spring and summer for more than 10 vessels to cover its winter positions. Some ships were chartered at around $70,000 a day and rented out in winter at around $90,000 a day, an industry source said. That trade has become a sector legend and sources said others were trying to replicate it this year.

“Big portfolio players, like Shell, BP, ExxonMobil and Cheniere, are looking at keeping their ships busy all the time, optimising their positions with their own or third party cargoes to make sure they can squeeze every dollar from their charters,” a senior industry source said.

Cheniere denied to comment on its deals.

In general, traditional shipowners prefer to stick with long-term charters, which help them finance building new vessels, and let the energy firms and trading houses deal in the riskier short-term sublets.

But, given the potential money to be made, there are shipping companies focused almost entirely on servicing the LNG industry’s immediate or near-term requirements.

“The spot market is our priority now given the current rate environment as we don’t want to lock our ships in long-term charters prematurely in the recovery cycle,” said Oystein M. Kalleklev, CEO of Flex LNG, a shipping firm founded in 2006.

“We also do believe spot is becoming a much bigger part of the LNG shipping market as well as the overall LNG trade.”


Chartering a ship now for next winter is currently the only option for LNG companies looking to hedge their transport costs. But it is also risky.

Low LNG prices in Asia could limit trade, leaving a firm stuck with an expensive boat and no one to sub-let it to.

The solution would be a shipping futures contract which would allow a company to lock in a price for a future charter without taking a physical vessel – something that was developed for the oil tanker market in the 2000s.

There are fledgling moves towards creating LNG shipping futures contracts. Three brokers, Affinity, Braemar and SSY, have been working with the Baltic Exchange since last year to create LNG freight indices. One index went live in March and two more are in trials.

The indices – if accepted by the industry – could be the first step towards LNG freight futures.

“A lot of our clients see LNG freight hedging as a missing piece of the puzzle. This missing piece is having control over the forward freight,” said Benjamin Gibson, derivatives broker at Affinity.

“If you have more shipping capacity then you can react to spot market cargo demand more efficiently.”

The difficulty for the index is having enough deals to base a price on, according to Gibson.

Also, many transactions are discussed privately, making it difficult to find out what price was agreed.

“In order for Uniper to consider trading on LNG freight indices we would need to see what mechanisms are offered to make the trade possible. If they could work in principle, we would look into using those,” Fenzl said.
Source: Cyprus Mail

12.04.2019 kl 11:04 4074

Kanskje ratebunnen ikke er bak oss likevel..

U.S. LNG shipments on track for slowest month since October

NEW YORK, April 11 (Reuters) - U.S. shipments of liquefied natural gas are expected to fall to their lowest level in six months in April, after a leading U.S. supplier shut units for maintenance at a time when a glut of supply has driven some worldwide prices to near three-year lows.

Based on exports through April 10, the United States is on track to sell roughly 91.5 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) of natural gas as LNG, which would be the lowest since October. That compares with an estimated record 139.8 bcfd shipped in March, according to data provider Refinitiv.

One billion cubic feet of gas is enough to supply about 5 million U.S. homes for a day.

GRAPHIC: U.S. LNG exports expected to decline in April, see tmsnrt.rs/2Icuiht

The dropoff is largely due to a decision by Cheniere Energy Inc, the leading U.S. supplier of LNG, to shut three of the five liquefaction trains, as LNG units are called, at Sabine Pass in Louisiana for planned maintenance over the past three weeks.

Demand for LNG has surged worldwide, rising by 9.8 percent in the most recent year, according to the International Gas Union (IGU).

European and Asian gas prices almost always trade at a vast premium over U.S. gas.

But that changed of late, as gas prices in several European and Asian LNG-AS markets fell by more than half this winter, cutting their premium over the U.S. fuel due to record LNG supply and a warm winter that left stockpiles much higher than usual at this time of year.

That caused some Asian buyers to shun U.S. cargoes and redirect them to Europe where shipping costs are lower. It takes about three to four weeks for a tanker to travel from the United States to Asia but only one to two weeks to get to Europe.

As Asian, European and U.S. gas prices converged, some energy traders speculated it might not make economic sense for U.S. exporters to keep sending LNG cargoes to Europe if the arbitrage or price difference between the United States and Europe closes.

Analysts at consultancy Energy Aspects, however, said it does not expect that arb to close until prices in northwestern Europe fall below US$4.15 per million British thermal units (mmBtu).

Gas at the Title Transfer Facility or TTF hub in the Netherlands fell to $4.42/mmBtu last week, its lowest since September 2016. That compared with $2.64 at the U.S. Henry Hub benchmark in Louisiana.

GRAPHIC: European, Asian and U.S. natgas prices converge, see tmsnrt.rs/2X0PAST

While Cheniere did not cite low global prices for shutting trains for maintenance, analysts said the timing made sense.

“Producers will certainly tailor their annual maintenance to reflect market realities. We believe we are already seeing this at Sabine Pass,” said Ira Joseph, global head of gas and power analytics at S&P Global Platts in New York.

Cheniere owns two of the nation’s three operating LNG export terminals - Corpus Christi in Texas and Sabine Pass.

09.04.2019 kl 10:53 4250

Kanskje litt tidlig å si, men se opp for shooting star. Må bekreftes før salgssignal gis.
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09.04.2019 kl 09:55 4308

Oslo (TDN Direkt): Clarksons Platou Securities tar opp dekning på Flex LNG-aksjen med kjøpsanbefaling og et kursmål på 18,5 dollar, ifølge en oppdatering mandag.

Meglerhuset venter at LNG-shipping-markedet vil bedre seg inn i 2020, selv om det nåværende spotmarkedet er lavt og svakt grunnet mangelen på arbitrasjemuligheter, og anser timingen for en investering som passende.

"Med John Fredriksen som hovedaksjonær, som er et sterkt track record i å bygge shipping-selskaper som er foretrukket i offentlige markeder, mener vi at Flex LNG har attraktivt oppsidepotensial", skriver Clarksons Platou.

I oppdateringen pekes det også på at videre oppside kan komme fra utbytte, hvor fri kontantstrøm i et midtsyklisk marked på 75.000 dollar pr dag vil gi 2,10 dollar pr aksje, og kan derfor støtte en verdsettelse på 21 dollar pr aksje ved en 10 prosents yield-prising.

HH, finans@tdn.no

TDN Direkt, +47 21 95 60 70
09.04.2019 kl 09:50 4323

men likte ikke 200dg tydeligvis..
09.04.2019 kl 09:11 4391

Trangt her plutselig..
06.04.2019 kl 16:56 4814

Litt TA for uka:
RSI opp fra 51 til over 61
Brudd over nederste fibonacci nivå. (0-0,236) 100,5,- til 115,132,-
Litt lavt volum og money flow er litt ned. Fortsatt positivt moment.
Nærmeste motstand ved 119/120. Mulige pullbacks ved dette nivået kan forventes med mindre vi blåser gjennom med litt volum.
Trendmessig er den klart ute av den fallende trenden nå.

Weekly kan vi få indikert positivt moment neste uke(MACD) om oppgangen fortsetter. Denne snudde til neg. i november i fjor.
06.04.2019 kl 13:26 4890

Nå spør du vanskelig. "Beste fall" som du sier er diktert av ratene. Ratene er diketert av etterspørsel og tonnmil. Etterspørsel er diktert av energiforbruk, mens tonnmil blir mye diktert av om det kommer handelsavtale eller ikke. Så hva er taket på ratene? Tror ingen tør å svare på. Eneste vi kan si med sikkerhet er at vi er ikke på toppen i dag. En annen variabel er selvfølgelig hvor dyktig ledelsen er til å slutte skip.

Kan legge til et par ting vi deimot kan si:
1. LNG import vil være høyere i 2019. Importvekst i Kina og Sør-Korea spesielt.
2. Den milde vinteren som følge av El Nino denne vinteren gjør at det er mindre sannsynlig med samme fenomen neste gang. El Nino kommer med noen års mellomrom, men hvem kan spå været flere måneder frem i tid.
Redigert 06.04.2019 kl 13:36 Du må logge inn for å svare

Hva er "beste fall" kurs på FLNG, teoretisk maks?? Er det mulig at den kan gå "bananas" slik FRO gjorde i sin tid?
05.04.2019 kl 16:56 5103

Flex LNG tunes in to the Spotify route to Wall Street

John Fredriksen’s Flex LNG has tuned in to the Spotify route to Wall Street, pushing ahead with a direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Flex LNG has revealed it submitted a draft registration statement on Form 20-F to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as it pursues the listing of its ordinary shares on the NYSE.

The concept of listing stock without raising cash via an IPO got a huge publicity boost when music-streamer Spotify did so in April 2018. Many others have since followed suit, including a raft of shipping companies.

“With the successful $300m equity private placement in October, through the Oslo listing, Flex LNG’s entire fleet including newbuildings of 13 large fifth generation two-stroke slow speed LNG carriers, are fully capitalised. Hence, we are not seeking to raise more equity, which is one of the main reasons for doing a direct listing instead of a F-1 IPO,” Oystein Kalleklev, the company’s CEO told Splash today.

“A direct listing doesn’t require issuance of new shares, is considerably cheaper and has a higher level of deal certainty as we are not dependent on raising more equity. Being listed in the US, Flex LNG will gain access to an attractive equity market when it comes to depth, scale and liquidity which will make the company with its unique position and business strategy, an attractive investment for those seeking exposure to a transformative LNG landscape,” Kalleklev added.

The liquidity of the Flex LNG stock in the US will be affected by the lack of new shares directed towards US investors, and the company has said it is working on arrangements to ensure better trading liquidity. Once Flex LNG has been listed in the US for more than 12 months, it can file an F-3 Shelf registration which gives it the ability to raise equity in the US overnight.

Diamond S is another recent shipping company to go down the non-IPO trend. Copenhagen-listed Torm also secured a US NASDAQ listing and began trading in December 2017. South Africa’s Grindrod Shipping, which is also listed in Johannesburg, began trading on NASDAQ in June 2018, also via the non-IPO route. Angeliki Frangou’s Navios Containers initially pursued an IPO, but pulled the plug in September 2018; instead, it directly listed on NASDAQ in December. Greece’s Castor Maritime, which owns a single 15-year-old panamax bulker, began trading on NASDAQ in February.

The net result is that the number of shipping ticker symbols keeps rising on Wall Street, despite a shipping IPO drought that has dragged on since Gener8 Maritime’s debut back in June 2015.

05.04.2019 kl 13:20 5204

Ja det stemmer. Blir spennende å se. Lønnsomheten til energiselskapene må opp for å få ytterlige FID's. Heldigvis er mange prosjekter allerede i gang/vedtatt at skal påbegynnes.
04.04.2019 kl 22:49 5342

Gassprisen i US er relativt høy nå, så selv om det bygges mye LNG nå, så er råvarekostnaden ganske høy. Det er ikke sikkert det blir lønnsomt å kjøre all denne kapasiteten med full gass om ikke markedet for LNG i brukerlandene utover året. Jeg har god tro på at det skjer, men det gjenstår å se.
04.04.2019 kl 19:50 5438

Fredriksens Flex LNG søker børsnotering på NYSE
24 minutter siden · Martin Hagh Høgseth
Det John Fredriksen-kontrollerte gassfraktrederiet Flex LNG har offisielt søkt børsnotering på New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Det bekrefter selskapet i en melding torsdag kveld.
Som selskapet tidligere har meldt vil det direktenoteres på børsen i New York. Dette skjer etter at selskapet i forrige måned gjennomførte en aksjespleis for å etterleve kravet om prisnivå på aksjer i USA.
Selskapet har tidligere varslet at de sikter seg inn på notering i løpet av andre kvartal.
03.04.2019 kl 23:47 5603

Ganske heavy short i den og tror jeg. Uansett.. et selskap dikterer ikke alle. Da kan det jo nevnes at DLNG er opp 4% i kveld.. Navigator opp 1% og 3 andre flate, men noen er jo ned som det skrives. GLNG og GLOG.
03.04.2019 kl 23:42 5610

Det ble nevnt i går at GasLog falt veldig mye - var vel rundt 6%. Årsaken skal være at en institusjonell investor la 2,7 mill. aksjer for salg kvelden før i en bookbuilding prosess der kursen havnet i bunnen av forhåndsindikert prisintervall. Og det ble å tynge kursen i handelen i går.
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03.04.2019 kl 23:37 5616

Lave priser på gass er bra. Billig gass = billig strøm. Dette stimulerer også til økt import og forbruk. Det er veldig mye gass på markedet nå og mengdene vil bare øke. Kanskje med 4x fra USA. Fordelen med dette er at man ikke får en ny shortage. --> Pålitelig billig energikilde.
Gass fra pipeline i Kina står kun for en brøkdel av importen. Hele fordelen med nettopp "L"NG er at den er komprimert.

Hehe, i kveld er aksjene litt ned. Den skal du få. En dag ned endrer derimot ikke en trend som har bygget seg opp over flere år.
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