Plant shutdowns cut Oct LNG exports from Qatar, Indonesia, Nigeria: Bentek

Thursday, November 08, 2012

October LNG export volumes from Qatar, Indonesia and Nigeria fell both year-on-year and month-on-month, following maintenance and shutdown of liquefaction facilities, data compiled by Bentek Energy showed Thursday.

Bentek Energy is a unit of Platts.

Qatari exports had a third consecutive year-on-year drop, with October volumes falling 33.6 Bcf from a year ago to 259.6 Bcf, which was also down from September when exports were at 262.4 Bcf.

Platts reported October 29 that Qatargas LNG Trains 4 and 5 have restarted operations after a scheduled maintenance which began in September. Company officials did not specify the exact outage period.

Qatargas has seven LNG trains, of which four -- including Trains 4 and 5

Elsewhere, Australia was the only country showing a significant year-on-year production increase for October, up 32 Bcf to 93.6 Bcf, due to additional production from Pluto LNG, which came online in March, according to Bentek energy analysis.

Bentek analysts said Thursday that exports from Pluto LNG averaged 0.56 Bcf/day in the last 30 days, matching the plant's nominal capacity of 0.57 Bcf/day.

Bentek analysts also said the tighter global supply had contributed to a rebound in re-export operations from Spain and Belgium, of which Spain re-exported a record high of 13.1 Bcf of LNG in October.

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