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Singapore — The JKM for LNG deliveries in September ended the trading week at $5.70/MMBtu Friday, down by 35 cents/MMBtu on new supply and low demand.

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Sakhalin is offering four cargoes for loading over H2 September-H1 October via a tender issued Tuesday. The tender closes August 8 with validity until August 10.

In the Middle East, Adgas is offering a single DES cargo for loading from Das Island over September 5-6, through a tender issued Thursday, and closing August 5 with validity until August 7.

In the Atlantic, sources said the second train at Cheniere's Sabine Pass had commenced LNG production, with the Clean Ocean arriving in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday.

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Growing supply met lower-than-expected demand from Egypt, where Egas issued a tender August 4, seeking a total of eight cargoes, fewer than the 16-20 some sources had initially expected.

The buyer is after two cargoes for September, three for October, two for November and one for December.

The tender closes August 11, with a validity period of five working days.

The JKM stabilized in the second half of the week, following unexpected demand from Taiwan and India.

State-owned buyer CPC was considering multiple spot deliveries over the fourth quarter to offset a shortfall in nuclear power generation after the government decided against the restart of two separate nuclear power reactors.

CPC could be looking for multiple deliveries, depending on temperature and downstream consumption, said a source with direct knowledge.

Unit No. 1 of the Jinshan nuclear power plant and Unit No. 2 of the Kuosheng nuclear power plant were due to be restarted after technical issues had been fixed, a source close to Taipower said Thursday.

However, the government has now decided not to allow the restart because of widespread public opposition.

"The technical issues are solved, so we can restart the units," the source said. "But the new government has decided against it."

Both units were originally due to be decommissioned in 2018 and 2021, respectively.

In India, GAIL is looking for three DES cargoes -- one cargo per month over September-November -- via a tender issued Thursday, and closing August 8, with validity until August 10.

Another Indian buyer Reliance was also heard to have contacted potential suppliers seeking prompt volumes, although this could not be confirmed.

--Abache Abreu,
--Edited by Maurice Geller,