LNG futures trading starts on TOCOM

TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Tokyo Commodity Exchange, or TOCOM, started liquefied natural gas futures trading Monday, making yen-denominated trading available for LNG futures contracts, mostly traded in U.S$. overseas.

The benchmark June JNG futures contract fetched the first price of ¥4,200 per million British thermal units.

LNG prices are on the rise due to increasing demand globally for use in electricity generation and city gas distribution. Prices surged recently amid supply concerns from Russia following its invasion of Ukraine.

LNG futures contracts, in which prices for future LNG transactions are determined in advance, have become an important means of reducing price fluctuation risk, said Takashi Ishizaki, president and CEO of TOCOM, a unit of Japan Exchange Group Inc. , or JPX.

The industry ministry approved TOCOM’s LNG futures trading as a three-year trial. The exchange aims to make the LNG market permanent by expanding trading volume.

LNG futures contracts can be traded by companies including electricity and gas providers as well as individual investors.

Also on Monday, TOCOM made electricity futures trading that started on a trial basis in September 2019 permanent. It expanded the scope of contracts available for trading to 24 months ahead of settlement, against 15 months previously.