FACTS: Time fleeting for Asia's low-price LNG deals

10/04/2004
Low-price LNG deals of recent years in Asia could be things of the past because the future direction of the US natural gas market will have a profound impact on the global LNG market, including Asia.Jeffrey Brown, chief economist of FACTS Inc., Honolulu, said that if US prices remain high, LNG will be drawn to the US, tightening the LNG market. Asian buyers must be aware of looming LNG demand in the US, he said."In contrast, if a large amount of Middle East liquefaction capacity is built targeting the US market, and US gas prices subsequently drop, then Asian markets could look quite attractive—the trend toward relatively low prices for new Asian LNG contracts could continue," Brown...
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