South Korea’s Kogas logs lower sales in November

South Korean LNG importer Kogas reported lower gas sales in November compared to the same month last year due to lower demand for power generation.

Kogas sold 3.10 million mt last month, a drop of 3.3 percent compared to 3.20 million mt in November last year, according to a stock exchange filing.

November sales rose by 37.6 percent compared to the previous month’s 2.25 million mt, Kogas said.

Purchases by power firms decreased by 23.3 percent year-on-year to 1.23 million mt in November. These purchases rose by 9.3 percent compared to the previous month.

Moreover, Kogas said its city gas sales rose by 16.9 percent year-on-year to 1.86 million mt while they jumped by 66.2 percent compared to the month before.

South Korean LNG imports down

During January-November this year, South Korean LNG imports dropped to 39.16 million mt from 41.88 million mt last year, customs data shows.

South Korea paid $32.2 billion for these LNG imports this year. This compares to $44.3 billion last year, the data shows.

Kogas operates 77 LNG storage tanks at five LNG import terminals in South Korea.

The large terminals include Incheon, Pyeongtaek, Tongyeong, and Samcheok, while the firm has a small-scale regasification terminal at the Aewol port on Jeju island as well.

Also, the firm is building a large terminal in Dangjin and expects to launch the first phase in December 2025.

Kogas announced in its quarterly report last month that its sales during January-September decreased by 8.6 percent to about 25.2 million mt.

The firm said that its city gas sales declined by 9.7 percent year-on-year.

Kogas said residential demand decreased due to higher average temperature, while industrial demand dropped due to the economic recession.

Also, sales to power firms decreased by 7.5 percent and Kogas said total power generation decreased due to the economic recession.

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