Soaring demand for LNG, up a collective 14.5% from 2017’s record levels for the top five global buyers, has sent prices to the highest level since early 2015. With key new liquefaction plants delayed and booming Chinese demand showing no chance of slowing, are further rises in store?

The world’s top five global LNG buyers imported a record 145.5mn tons in the first eight months of 2018, up 14.5% on 2017’s record levels (see chart 1). The five countries – Japan,...