Spot LNG shipping rates, European prices drop this week

Spot liquefied natural gas freight rates and European LNG prices fell this week when compared to the week before, according to Spark Commodities.

Last week, LNG freight rates were almost flat.

The Spark30S Atlantic decreased by $500 to $160,250 per day, whilst the Spark25S Pacific increased by $250 to $152,000 per day.

“LNG Atlantic freight rates fell again week, with a 3 percent week-on-week decrease,” Qasim Afghan, Spark’s commercial analyst told LNG Prime on Friday.

Spot LNG shipping rates, European prices down

Afghan said that the Atlantic rate decreased by $5,000 to $155,250 per day, while the Pacific decreased by $11,000 to $141,000 per day.

European and Asian LNG prices

As per European LNG pricing, the SparkNWE DES LNG front month also declined from the last week.

The NWE DES LNG for December was assessed at $14.175/MMBtu and at a $0.800/MMBtu discount to the Dutch TTF.

“The SparkNWE DES LNG price for January delivery is assessed at $12.689/MMBtu and at a $0.770/MMBtu discount to the TTF,” Afghan said on Friday.

“This is the lowest reported SparkNWE DES LNG front month price in 8 weeks,” he said.

Spot LNG shipping rates, European prices down

According to Platts data, JKM, the price for LNG cargoes delivered to Northeast Asia, dropped from the last week.

JKM for January settled at $16.135/MMBtu on Thursday.

Oman’s state-owned firm OQ Trading recently submitted the lowest bid in a tender to supply Pakistan with one spot LNG shipment in January.

Four companies took part in the tender, and OQ Trading submitted the most competitive bid for the January 8-9 delivery and the firm offered a price of $18.4600/MMBtu.

Vitol Bahrain offered a price of $18.5800/MMBtu, QatarEnergy Trading offered a price of $19.4300/MMBtu, and Trafigura offered a price of $19.6400/MMBtu.

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