Growing LNG trade accelerating integration of global gas markets

A cliché of the energy business has been that "oil markets are global, while gas markets are continental."In a world where only a handful of pipeline gas crosses from one continent to another1 and the LNG market is significantly smaller than the pipeline market, there has been good reason to be skeptical about the global integration of gas markets. Click here to enlarge imageHowever, price and trade data suggest that a global market for gas is not a scenario for the distant future. By responding to customer needs, integration already has begun. For example, in 2002, gas prices fell in Japan, South Korea, southern Europe, northern Europe, the US Gulf Coast, and Western Canada, compar...

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