Japan in January paid nearly twice as much for LNG derived from US shale gas as it did for its cheapest imports.
Italy's OLT is seeking 20 LNG cargoes for April – September delivery.
Enarsa awarded its tender to buy nine cargoes of LNG to Gas Natural Fenosa, Trafigura, Glencore, Engie and BP among others.
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The decline of Britain's biggest gas storage site and the lack of new-build to replace it will increase dependency on imports over the next few years.
Japan's electric utilities have won provisions that will allow them to divert contracted LNG cargoes if they restart their nuclear reactors.
Eni SpA will start producing from the giant Zohr natural gas field off Egypt’s Mediterranean coast by the end of 2017.