Natural gas trade movements

Global natural gas trade rebounded in 2015, rising by 3.3%

Pipeline shipments increased by 4%, driven by growth in net pipeline exports from Russia (+7.7%) and Norway (+7%). The largest volumetric increases in net pipeline imports were in Mexico (+44.9%) and France (+28.8%). Global LNG trade increased by 1.8%. Export growth was led by Australia (+25.3%) and Papua New Guinea (+104.8%), offsetting declines in shipments from Yemen (-77.2%). Higher net LNG imports for Europe (+15.9%) and rising Middle Eastern imports (+93.8%) were partly offset by declines in net imports in South Korea (-10.4%) and Japan (-4%). International natural gas trade accounted for 30.1% of global consumption; the pipeline share of global gas trade rose to 67.5%.

Natural gas trade movements 2015 - trade flows worldwide (billion cubic metres)

Methodology

Trade flows are on a contractual basis and may not correspond to physical gas flows in all cases. The data illustrates the flow of pipeline natural gas and LNG between sources of production and the regions of consumption. Natural gas trade is shown in billion cubic metres (bcm).

Sources

Includes FGE MENAgas service, GIIGNL, IHS, IHS Waterborne, PIRA Energy Group and Wood Mackenzie.

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