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Maritime market update: Nord Stream 2 delay weighs on gas prices

Risavika LNG index at 94.02 EUR/MWh and 4.3 % higher week on week. European gas prices were bullish on Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline delay. Last week, Germany’s energy regulator temporarily halted the certification process for the new pipeline that will carry Russian gas into Europe. The regulator said certification was being temporarily halted because under German law the Swiss-based consortium behind Nord Stream 2 first needed to form a German subsidiary company to secure an operating licence. According to Reuters, the suspension could delay commissioning of the infrastructure until next March.

Oil product prices were further down following the fourth consecutive week drop in crude benchmarks. Fuel oil 3.5 (FO 3.5) price was down 2.2 % to 414.60 USD/t, low sulphur oil (MFO 0.5) dropped 2.9 % to 539.74 USD/t and marine gasoil (MGO 0.1) lower by 1.8 % to 656.08 USD/t in two weeks. The combination of factors such as new European lockdowns, a potential release of Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) in the US and elsewhere and economic slowdown in China are weighing on oil prices.

LNG Risavika – LNG FOB Risavika

LBG Risavika 10 % – 10 % blend of Liquified Biogas

FO 3.5 FOB Rdam – European 3.5% Fuel Oil Barges FOB Rdam (Platts) Futures Quotes

MFO 0.5 FOB Rdam – European FOB Rdam Marine Fuel 0.5% Barges (Platts) Futures Quotes

MGO 0.1 FOB ARA – Gasoil 0.1% Barges FOB ARA (Platts) Futures Quotes

ULSD FOB ARA – European Diesel 10 ppm Barges FOB ARA (Platts) Futures Quotes

Source: CME Group, Gasum, Argus Media, Reuters

*An estimate for LNG FOB Risavika

** An estimate for 10 % LBG blend FOB Risavika
Source: Gasum

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