Global Energy Upheaval Threatens Years of Natural Gas Shortages
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April 13 2022

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

Global Energy Upheaval Threatens Years of Natural Gas Shortages

This article from Bloomberg may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section:

Already, natural gas spot prices are so high that the world’s top buyers in North Asia are choosing not to refill inventories with additional overseas purchases. They’re instead gambling that this summer will be mild, or a peace deal between Russia and Ukraine will result in a price drop, said traders, who requested anonymity to discuss private details.

LNG importers in China and India have drastically cut back spot purchases, and are instead maximizing domestic supply and consuming gas in storage, traders said. This strategy will help to save money, but comes with an enormous risk that allows little room for surprises -- a bet that hasn’t paid off recently. 

If there is a sudden spike in demand for gas, or if a contracted shipment isn’t able to be delivered due to a production issue, some of Asia’s top consumers may be short of gas this summer or next winter. They will be forced to go back into the spot market and buy very expensive shipments of the fuel, or curtail gas deliveries to customers at home.

Eoin Treacy's view

Telling your rival what you are going to do before you do it is not good strategy. Europe has been telling the world it wants to be greener for years. They closed coal fired power stations and nuclear plants while intensifying reliance on imported gas. Russia could decide to curtail shipments to Europe at any time.

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