Natural Gas Market Update – August 2012

US natural gas lift on winding down inventories (after seasonal adjustment), and increased consumption due to shift away from coal […]

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  • US natural gas lift on winding down inventories (after seasonal adjustment), and increased consumption due to shift away from coal to gas in electricity generation for summer
  • European prices weaken as increased Russian supplies, soft demand and reduced arbitrage opportunities to Asia see more LNG enter European natural gas market
  • Prices in Asia Pacific surge through June before pulling back in July as Asian summer demand appears largely met, meaning little activity in the spot market
  • Henry Hub prices to weaken a little in the near term as high storage levels and ongoing strength in production require low prices to help clear market
  • Asian LNG prices forecast to continue easing as high stocks imply little spot market demand and oil prices have come off since levels evident earlier in the year

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