UK’s South Hook to get first non-Qatari LNG tanker

High freight rates are weighing on Asian demand, with deliveries of LNG heading to northwest Europe instead. (Shutterstock)
Updated 26 October 2018
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UK’s South Hook to get first non-Qatari LNG tanker

  • Commodities trader Vitol said it would import LNG in the Yari tanker into South Hook on Oct. 31
  • South Hook has been upgraded so it can receive LNG that is not just from Qatar

LONDON: Britain’s South Hook liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal is scheduled to receive its first tanker of LNG not supplied by Qatar at the end of this month.
Commodities trader Vitol said it would import LNG in the Yari tanker into South Hook on Oct. 31. The tanker is coming from the Sabine Pass LNG terminal in the US.
The South Hook LNG Terminal, located in Milford Haven in west Wales, has received LNG from Qatar since it became operational in 2010, where it is regasified and delivered into the gas grid. It can provide around 20 percent of Britain’s natural gas needs.
Qatar is the leading LNG exporter to Britain but it has also found new demand from countries such as Pakistan, Poland and Turkey.
South Hook has been upgraded so it can receive LNG that is not just from Qatar. The shareholders in the South Hook LNG Terminal Company are Qatar Petroleum, Exxon Mobil Corporation and Total.
South Hook Gas is responsible for managing the terminal’s import capacity.
Elsewhere, Asian spot prices for liquefied natural gas fell to a more than two-month low this week amid increased supply and lower demand especially in Japan, which is expecting a warmer-than-usual winter and the restart of nuclear reactors.
High freight rates are also weighing on Asian demand, with deliveries of LNG heading to northwest Europe instead.
December spot LNG fell to the lowest since Aug. 10.
Illustrating the tepid demand, a fleet of half-a-dozen tankers carrying unsold LNG has been floating in Singapore and Malaysian waters for up to two weeks, traders said this week.
The ships are carrying a total of around 1 million cubic meters of LNG, worth more than $200 million at current spot market prices.
The LNG cargoes were purchased ahead of the northern hemisphere winter season in a strategic move but are now
failing to find buyers, several traders told Reuters.


Apple’s Cook to China: keep opening for sake of global economy

Updated 23 March 2019
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Apple’s Cook to China: keep opening for sake of global economy

  • Cook’s comments come as Apple weathers sinking sales in China
  • Despite official pledges and repeated assurances that China would continue to open its markets

BEIJING: Apple chief executive Tim Cook nudged China on Saturday to open up and said the future would depend on global collaboration, as the United States and China remained locked in a bitter trade dispute.
“We encourage China to continue to open up, we see that as essential, not only for China to reach its full potential, but for the global economy to thrive,” Cook said at a China Development Forum in Beijing.
Despite official pledges and repeated assurances that China would continue to open its markets, some analysts worry that its reform project has slowed or even stalled under President Xi Jinping, who has sought greater control over the economy and a bigger role for state-owned firms at the expense of the private sector.
Cook’s comments come as Apple weathers sinking sales in China because of a contracting smartphone market, increasing pressure from Chinese rivals, and slowing upgrade cycles. The company reported a revenue drop of 26 percent in the greater China region during the quarter ending in December.
Before those results came out, in a January letter to investors, Cook blamed the company’s poor China performance on trade tension between the United States and China, suggesting that pressure on the economy was hurting sales in China.