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Energy and commodities highlights: US gas prices, OPEC meeting, Chinese LNG investment

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Moving into high summer, US energy markets were taking stock of trends in power generation amid low gas prices. The US Henry Hub gas benchmark recently traded at historic lows, and with forward prices suggesting little upside, the fuel is likely to see increased demand from power plants this summer. According to S&P Global Platts Analytics, even average seasonal temperatures in July and August could lift demand for power burn as much as 2-3 Bcf/d over last summer, assuming gas prices remain near current lows. Meanwhile, US coal burn continues to decline, falling to a 47-year low in April, according to the IEA. Several analysts expect the share of coal-fired generation to shrink dramatically in the coming decades. Bloomberg New Energy Finance forecast earlier this month that coal would

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Moving into high summer, US energy markets were taking stock of trends in power generation amid low gas prices.

The US Henry Hub gas benchmark recently traded at historic lows, and with forward prices suggesting little upside, the fuel is likely to see increased demand from power plants this summer.

According to S&P Global Platts Analytics, even average seasonal temperatures in July and August could lift demand for power burn as much as 2-3 Bcf/d over last summer, assuming gas prices remain near current lows.

Meanwhile, US coal burn continues to decline, falling to a 47-year low in April, according to the IEA. Several analysts expect the share of coal-fired generation to shrink dramatically in the coming decades.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance forecast earlier this month that coal would practically disappear from the US power mix by 2050. S&P Global Platts Analytics’ forecasts show average monthly coal output falling to less than 6% in 2040 from about 29% in 2018.

European energy sector stakeholders had their eye on opportunities generated by the accelerating global energy transition. Delegates at a June 25 UK event on offshore wind heard how European energy companies are leveraging their skills and expertise to pursue wind power developments in Asia, where renewables are seeing fast-paced growth.

And decarbonization efforts in the UK notched up a new milestone on June 27, as Tata Chemicals Europe announced plans to build the country’s first industrial-scale Carbon Capture and Usage demonstration plant.

The project is one of several being supported by a grant from the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy through the government’s CCU Demonstration Program.

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Energy and commodities highlights: US gas prices, OPEC meeting, Chinese LNG investment

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“If supplies through that channel are disrupted it will be a very difficult scenario. You can’t prepare yourself for a long blockade of such channels. Our reserves can only take care of very short disruptions.”

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