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Pipeline gas loses market share as LNG surges

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Reuters is reporting that Norway’s Equinor and Russia’s Gazprom, Europe’s largest suppliers of pipeline gas, have lost market share as a result of the LNG import surge that has occurred over the past 10 months.

LNG imports to Europe have benefitted from weak demand in Asia, which has led to European gas prices dropping to 10-year lows, LNG imports tripling and filled storage reaching multi-year highs.

In terms of market share, gas supplied to western and central Europe in the form of LNG reportedly increased to 14% in the period October 2018 to August 2019, from 5% in 2017 – 2018. In the same period (2018 – 2019), Norwegian gas dropped from 38% to 33% (a multi-year low), and Gazprom’s share dropped from 33% to 32% (although the company’s total gas exports to Europe did in fact increase).

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