Ziff: Natural gas price dynamics set stage for price volatility

Natural gas price volatility is expected, both globally and regionally, for the next few years because anticipated US gas demand growth will outstrip gas supply growth—supporting prices above historic levels.Meanwhile, LNG promises to help balance future US gas demand and supply. It's possible that LNG also could help establish long-term price equilibrium, said David Wells, senior vice-president, Shell Trading Gas & Power Co.The long-term price equilibrium assumes that more LNG facilities will be built in the US Lower 48 along with the emergence of spot or arbitrage LNG trading, he said. LNG economics also must prove competitive with the economics of the proposed Alaska gas pipe...

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