Global LNG in 2023

Shifting Demand Patterns within Europe and Asia amidst Modest Global Supply Increases Driven by the US

In a less tight marked environment than in 2022, the global LNG market reached a new high in 2023, totalling 395.2 mt, an increase of 2% yoy. While European demand, including the United Kingdom and Türkiye, saw a marginal decline of 1% or 1.2 mt, the Asia-Oceania region experienced a modest growth, with imports climbing by 3% or 8 mt.

Underground Gas Storage in the World – 2023 Status

CEDIGAZ 2023 status report on Underground Gas Storage (UGS) worldwide highlights significant developments and shifts in the global gas market.

2022 witnessed a notable increase in UGS capacity, largely driven by the global gas crisis which emphasized the importance of storage for supply security. By the end of 2022, the working gas capacity reached 429 billion cubic meters, a 1.3% rise from the previous year, with significant contributions from China and Europe. The peak withdrawal rate also rose by 1.7%.

The storage market remains concentrated, but China’s UGS sees an accelerating growth

The storage market is largely concentrated in a few countries, with the United States, Russia, Ukraine, Canada, and Germany holding 68% of global capacities. However, there’s a growing focus on expanding storage in rapidly developing markets like China and the Middle East.

From Crisis to Cooperation: Japan’s IEA-Led LNG Stability Framework Initiative

Exclusive Preview from the CEDIGAZ Annual Survey of Global Underground Natural Gas Storage

UGS was definitely in the spotlight in 2022/23. The global gas crisis has revealed the strategic value of storage for the market, and its crucial role for security and stability of natural gas supply. The introduction of stricter regulations on natural gas (and LNG) storage is part of the set of measures introduced by governments across the world to tackle the energy crisis.