Mexico Natural Gas Trading Volumes Up 14% in August

Mexico Natural Gas Trading Volumes Up 14% in August

The volume of reported natural gas trades in Mexico totaled 7.52 Bcf/d in August, representing a 14.2% jump from July and a year-to-date high.

The monthly natural gas price index, known by its Spanish initials IPGN, averaged 73.7 pesos/gigajoule (GJ) ($4.13/MMBtu) for August, compared to 74.1 pesos/GJ ($4.09/MMBtu) in July , according to the latest monthly IPGN report from the Comisión Reguladora de Energía (CRE).

On a year-over-year basis, the volume of gas traded was up from 7.33 Bcf/d, while the IPGN increased from 72.82 pesos/GJ ($4.31/MMBtu). The number of transactions reported in August inched up by two to 207 in July, the report said.

The IPGN is derived from mandatory, monthly post-transaction reports filed by marketers, and reflects the average price/molecule of gas plus transport costs. Market participants typically use the Houston Ship Channel, Henry Hub or Waha benchmarks to calculate the price/molecule. Imports from the United States currently account for about 85% of total gas supply in Mexico, according to data from energy ministry Sener.

In peso terms, prices fell sequentially in August in three of Mexico’s established trading regions and increased in the other three.

The largest price drop was seen in region one, to 102.2 pesos/GJ ($5.73/MMBtu) from 116.1 pesos/GJ ($6.41/MMBtu). Region one contains the northwestern states of Baja California, Baja California Sur and Sonora.

The largest increase in trading volume was reported in region three, which includes the northeastern states of Nuevo León and Tamaulipas, to 1.68Bcf/d from 992 MMcf/d.The monthly IPGN report is meant to be a transitory measure […]

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