Shell’s LNG sales drop, reports huge quarterly loss

The Hague-based energy giant Shell logged a 7 percent decline in its LNG sales during the second quarter of this year as it reported a huge quarterly loss.

Shell announced on Thursday a loss of $18.1 billion for the second quarter due to the effects related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The loss included an impairment charge of $16.8 billion post-tax or $22.3 billion pre-tax.

The energy firm said in late June it would take a substantial impairment hit also revising its outlook for commodity prices as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to destroy demand all over the globe.

Shell sold 16.65 million tonnes of LNG in the April-June period, compared to 17.95 million tonnes in the same period last year.

Liquefaction volumes also decreased 3 percent year-on-year to 8.36 million tonnes “mainly as a result of cargo timing”, Shell said.

In the January-June period, LNG sales increased 1 percent to 35.65 million tonnes while liquefaction volumes dropped 1 percent to 17.23 million tonnes.

Shell said it expects liquefaction volumes to be in the 7.6-8.2 million
tonnes range in the third quarter but also sees a bigger impact on prices.

“Due to price lag in oil-linked LNG term contracts, the impact of
low oil prices is expected to become more significant in the third quarter,” it said.

Shell’s Integrated Gas segment recorded a loss of $7.95 billion hit by impairments and lower realised LNG, oil and gas prices.

This included a post-tax impairment charge of $8.15 billion mainly related to the Queensland Curtis LNG and Prelude FLNG operations in Australia, Shell said.

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