GLOBAL LNG-Asian prices slip as more cargoes expected from the U.S.

Asian spot prices for liquefied natural gas (LNG) fell this week on lower Chinese demand and expectations of more cargoes from the United States, although loading delays from a Malaysian export plant supported prices.

The average LNG price for December delivery into Northeast Asia LNG-AS was estimated at about $6.70 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), down 80 cents from the previous week.

Loadings of LNG cargoes have been delayed from Malaysia’s Bintulu plant, several sources said, although it was not immediately clear what issue the plant was facing. Plant operator Petronas did not immediately reply to a Reuters query on the matter.

There are currently seven vessels waiting to load from the plant, compared with the usual 3 to 5, data intelligence firm Kpler said, adding that only one cargo has been exported so far this week, suggesting production issues.

A train in Chevron Corp’s Gorgon LNG plant in Australia, which had been facing production issues, is now expected to resume production in the second half of November.

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