Natural Gas Pricing and Price Review Challenges: Preparing for a More Competitive Global Market

Document Type: Original Article

Authors

1 Associate Professor, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, Allameh Tabataba`i University, Tehran, Iran

2 PhD Student, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, Allameh Tabataba`i University, Tehran, Iran

Abstract

Natural gas infrastructure is growing and global LNG volumes are set to expand substantially. This results in more trade between different regions of the world and emergence of a more competitive and relatively more integrated global gas market. In addition, several key markets are currently undergoing structural reform with the aim of opening them to competition. In line with these changes in the global market, gas pricing methods also need to be adapted. This paper discusses the challenges of natural gas pricing and price review in this new market environment. Firstly, the current structure of the global and regional gas markets is analyzed. Secondly, challenges in natural gas pricing and price review are discussed, and in this context oil-indexation and hub-indexation are analyzed in detail. Thirdly, the recommended framework for pricing and price review in the more competitive global market are presented. The pricing mechanism and price review framework should be tailored to the characteristics of the gas market and the stages of growth and maturity of the market.

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