* Fourth quarter demand expected to be strong
* Hurricane Delta shuts U.S. Cameron plant
* European gas prices strenthen amid strike in Norway
LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Asian spot liquefied natural gas
(LNG) prices rose this week on firm demand in the region, as
well as supply concerns in the United States due to a hurricane
and stronger European gas prices.
The average LNG price for November delivery into northeast
Asia <LNG-AS> was estimated at $5.50 per million British thermal
units (mmBtu), $0.30 mmBtu above last week's level.
The price for December 2020 delivery was at around $5.70 per
mmBtu, trade sources said.
Demand for LNG is expected to be high in both Asia and
Europe in the fourth quarter.
"We are expecting a substantial year-on-year increase in
Northeast Asia's Q4 2020 demand for LNG because of increased
heating load compared to last winter," consultancy Energy
Aspects said in a report, adding that lower nuclear output in
South Korea may also create additional LNG demand.
In India, demand is back to usual levels after a fall caused
by the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year, a source in the
Pakistan has awarded two November cargoes to trader Gunvor
, who offered the lowest bids at 14.2277% slope of Brent
for the first cargo and 13.8377% for the second.
It has also invited bids for six December delivery
Japan's Tohoku Electric Power was seeking a cargo
for delivery in late November, while Mexican state power utility
CFE was looking to buy a cargo for October.
U.S. producer Cameron LNG said on Thursday it would shut its
export plant in Louisiana as Hurricane Delta was expected to
slam into southwest Louisiana on Friday.
Russia's Novatek offered seven cargoes for
delivery to Europe over December 2020 to June 2021.
An ongoing workers' strike in Norway on oil and gas fields
has helped lifting European gas prices this week to the highest
levels since December.
(Reporting by Ekaterina Kravtsova; editing by Nina Chestney)