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Argus launches first index for Australia’s east coast natural gas market

Singapore, 7 October 2013

Commodities news and price reporting agency Argus has launched the first month-ahead index for Australia’s east coast Victoria natural gas market in the Argus LNG Daily market report. The index, known as the AVX, reflects the need to improve price transparency in one of Australia’s most liquid gas markets.

The AVX index is designed to offer the Australian gas industry a reliable weekly price reference for natural gas traded on the Victoria Declared Transmission System (DTS) for delivery on a month-ahead basis.

Dynamics in Australian east coast gas markets are changing rapidly as long-term supply contracts expire and the state of Queensland begins first LNG exports next year. These factors are having an impact on wholesale gas prices in Victoria and other regional east coast gas markets.

The AVX month-ahead price appears in a new weekly east coast Australian markets page launched in Argus LNG Daily. The new coverage includes Gladstone netback pricing, designed to provide an indicative reference point for the value of LNG fob cargoes traded at Gladstone. A weekly east coast gas market commentary focuses on supply and demand fundamentals in the region, and the increasing interplay between the global LNG market and the Australian domestic gas market.

Argus’ new AVX index and Australian east coast gas coverage complements the Argus LNG Daily report’s existing suite of Asia-Pacific and European spot price assessments, market commentary and global netback pricing.

“The launch of the AVX index is an important step towards greater price transparency in the region,” Argus Media chairman and chief executive Adrian Binks said. “We are pleased to be the first to provide the AVX index to facilitate the development of the Australian natural gas spot market.”

The Argus LNG Daily report provides spot price assessments for Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, west Africa, Europe and the Caribbean, information about shipping movements, market-moving news and analysis. The report has been carefully designed to provide global LNG market participants with the critical insights and key LNG statistics and data needed to stay ahead of market developments, as well as to help shape commercial strategies.


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Argus has 19 offices globally, including London, Houston, Washington, New York, Calgary, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, Dubai, Beijing, Tokyo, Sydney, Moscow, Astana and other key centres of the commodity industries. Argus was founded in 1970 and is a privately held UK-registered company.