* Gorogon's Train 2 shutdown extended to September
* Spot cargo offers continue in Asia-Pacific
* Japan, Pakistan buy cargoes
LONDON, July 31 (Reuters) - Asian spot liquefied natural gas
(LNG) prices rose to a four-month high this week, supported by
an extended shutdown of one of the production lines at
Australia's Gorgon plant following maintenance works.
The average LNG price for September delivery into northeast
Asia <LNG-AS> was estimated at around $2.70 per million British
thermal units (mmBtu), $0.25 per mmBtu above last week's level.
The maintenance on Train 2 of the giant Gorgon project began
on May 23 and a restart was initially planned on July 11 but has
been delayed until early September.
Gorgon is carrying out the repair work after a routine
inspection of the train's propane heat exchangers during planned
maintenance found weld quality issues, a spokesman for Chevron
that operates the plant said this week.
The rise in prices to this week's level has taken place for
the first time since late March, Reuters price assessment data
showed. But the price is still seasonally weaker than in
previous years and around 36% below its level a year ago.
Gorgon LNG Trains 1 and 3 continue producing LNG and there
were offers of spot cargoes from other Asia-Pacific plants this
week, industry sources said.
One of those came from the Darwin plant, with Australian
energy firm Santos offering one August and one
September loading cargoes.
Demand continues to be largely sluggish, but some buying
took place this week.
In Japan, Hokkaido Electric has bought a cargo for
September delivery at around $2.70 per mmBtu, two industry
Pakistan LNG Ltd said this week it had secured a record low
price for an LNG cargo, with SOCAR Trading offering a price of
about $2.20 per mmBtu in a spot buy tender by the Pakistani
company for a late August cargo.
Chilean consortium GNL Chile is looking to buy five cargoes
for delivery in 2021.
(Reporting by Ekaterina Kravtsova
Editing by Gareth Jones)