LNG: Growing Mideast Demand Key To Absorbing Rising Global Supply

The Mena region’s LNG imports jumped by 68% to 16.45mn tons in 2016 making the region a key player in global LNG trade as an importer as well as an exporter. This rapidly growing share comes amid a global market dominated by ample supplies and weak demand growth from key traditional East Asian buyers.

The region’s five LNG importing countries, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, the UAE and Israel, remain relatively small in absolute terms and when compared to global trade of 265mn tons in 2016 (according to Shell’s estimate in its LNG Outlook published this week). Their share of global LNG trade grew to 6.2% in 2016, from 4% in 2015. (CONTINUED - 1518 WORDS)


chart Mena Lng Imports Rose 68% In 2016 (Mn T)
chart Egypt Is Top Mena Buyer: Volumes More Than Doubled To 6.3mn Tons, 60% From QATAR
chart Kuwait Imports: Qatar Supplied Just Over Half 2016 Volumes
chart By Supplier: Qatar Has Near-50% Market Share
chart Jordan Saw Volumes Rise Almost 60% In 2016 With Nigeria #1 Supplier
chart Dubai Saw Qatari Volumes Steady* And A Jump In Nigerian Supplies
table MENA Lng Import Facilities