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Gas breaks the oil price link

The proportion of LNG priced on an oil-indexed basis fell to its lowest ever level in 2019

The LNG industry broke records last year in terms of global trade volumes, sanctioned new capacity and the share of spot shipments. An annual survey of wholesale gas prices and price formation mechanisms conducted by lobby group the International Gas Union (IGU) throws up another—the global share of oil and oil products price-linked LNG dipped below 60pc for the first time. The IGU began regularly surveying world wholesale gas pricing in 2005, initially every couple of years and annually from 2012. For much of that period, the story was one of a shift from oil-price escalation (OPE) to gas-on-gas (GOG) competition—mainly because of changes in long-term pipeline gas contracts in Europe as oi

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