McKinsey Energy Insights forecasts LNG oversupply until 2024

6/20/2016

LONDON -- McKinsey Energy Insights (MEI), a data and analytics specialist, predicts in its latest research that LNG oversupply could last until 2024. As a result, this could mean that few LNG projects will reach final investment decision (FID) in the next 12 to 18 months.

MEI’s research shows that the current global LNG supply glut is exacerbated by the 100 mtpa of new export terminal capacity currently under construction in the U.S. and Australia. Furthermore, by 2019 oversupply will peak at 60 mtpa.

MEI has modeled 10 upcoming LNG projects at FID stage—including Coral FLNG and Mozambique LNG—against its Energy Insights LNG cost curve.

“Our research shows that the current market oversupply is creating challenging conditions for operators hoping to take FID on projects in the near term,” said James Walker, a specialist at MEI. “For these projects to be viable they would require an assumption of either a sustained high LNG price post-2024 or a cost optimization strategy to reduce projected capital expenditures. Many projects will struggle to secure enough firm buyers in an oversupplied market. Even if projects do manage to progress to construction, the LNG supply will be hitting the market at a bad time.”

The research highlights that the market will remain oversupplied unless today’s low prices can stimulate a demand recovery. However, to date the demand response to the low LNG prices seen in the past two years has been limited.

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