LONDON, February 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
The ICIS East Asia Index (EAX) March contract for physical LNG closed at $21.413/MMBtu on Friday, 15 February, marking the highest Asian spot LNG assessment recorded by ICIS.
ICIS LNG Analyst Simon Ellis said: "The near-term cause for the price rise has been competition from South America, as Brazil has purchased unprecedented levels of spot LNG to offset the fall in hydroelectric generation caused by a prolonged drought."
"The tight market conditions have been exacerbated by unscheduled production problems at LNG plants, as well as the recommitment of spot LNG volumes to mid- and long-term contracts," Ellis added.
ICIS' March South America Index (SAX) reached a record $18.447/MMBtu on 15 February. A detailed account of price development over the month can be found here: http://www.icis.com/heren/articles/2013/02/15/9641700/south-american-competition-production-woes-drive-asian-lng-price.html
The ICIS DES (delivered ex-ship) Japan assessment was also assessed at a record high of $21.50/MMBtu on 15 February. Prior to 2013, the ICIS DES Japan assessment was last quoted at more than $20.00/MMBtu on 5 September 2008. ICIS Heren became the first price reporting agency to assess East Asian spot LNG prices in March 2008.
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The EAX is an index for the DES price into Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan. The prices for the four countries are also assessed separately. The price series has been published daily since June 2010. Relevant bids, offers and deals are also published.
The SAX is an index for the DES price into Argentina, Brazil and Chile. The price series has been published daily since June 2010.
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