New LNG index for Mid-East, India markets

The Singapore Exchange (SGX) is developing a spot pricing index for the Middle East's and India's liquefied natural gas (LNG) markets in collaboration with inter-dealer broker Tullett Prebon.

The firms expect to launch the index in the second quarter of this year, they announced yesterday.

The new index aims to provide a credible, consistent and transparent pricing mechanism, as the volume of LNG trades in the region continues to rise.

It could also serve as a first step towards standardising LNG trade in the region, they said.

The new Dubai-Kuwait-India Sling Index will be published every Monday and Thursday by SGX, adding to its Sling series of indexes beyond the Singapore and North-east LNG markets.

The Middle East and India region, in particular, has seen a boost in spot trade, but lacks an accepted price marker and market participants often rely on tenders for price discovery, said Tullett Prebon. Those hedging physical exposures have limited options, and are using Far East LNG and/or British oil and gas benchmarks to manage risk, it added.

"Over time, there will be moments where the regional price decouples from the Far East LNG or European gas prices, so it is important for an independent and trusted regional price," said Ms Melissa Lindsay, global head of LNG at Tullett Prebon.

Ms Amreeta Eng, group director for trade promotion at International Enterprise Singapore, said: "It is encouraging to see the Singapore Exchange extending its service offerings in the LNG space.

"As LNG markets become more spot-based, this strategic partnership between SGX and Tullett Prebon will pave the way towards more transparent, trusted and reliable price discovery benchmarks.

"Singapore is emerging as a key LNG hub, with storage, trading, shipping and price discovery activities, and we look forward to more industry-led initiatives to develop the LNG markets."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 24, 2017, with the headline 'New LNG index for Mid-East, India markets'. Print Edition | Subscribe