Apollo Energy publish a daily energy market analysis, focusing on the gas, power and oil markets, including a commentary on how the markets close and open. Our analysis provides insight on what is currently affecting the market and also considers various factors which could dictate price changes in the future.
The report also contains a graph which tracks the one-year forward price of both gas & electricity as well as changes to Brent crude oil.
Gas contracts moved down on Thursday as oil prices continued to plummet and Norwegian imports into the UK increased. Flows via the Langeled pipeline rose by 35mcm as outages at Norwegian facilities were resolved, leading to an oversupplied UK gas system. This improved supply picture resulted in strong losses on the near-curve, although a weaker Pound limited some of the downward movement.
Gas prices initially moved down yesterday with a drop in Brent the main market driver, although tighter supply resulted in gains later in the session. Norwegian exports rose to almost 300mcm in the morning but unplanned outages at Troll and Kvitebjorn reduced imports in the afternoon, resulting in a slight rebound in prices.
French energy giants, EDF have announced that an agreement has been made between its shareholders to release a new round of shares, in order to raise €4bn (£3.4bn) to help fund the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant.
Near curve gas contracts decreased on Tuesday as exports to Belgium were at their lowest level since the start of the month. The system was balanced throughout the session and flows via the Bacton terminal displayed a slight recovery in the afternoon. Elsewhere, news regarding the Rough storage facility’s withdrawal curve for its 4 active wells will be released in the next few days. Further out, prices continued to be pushed lower by weakening Brent.
Numerous unplanned outages in Norway reduced imports into the UK yesterday which helped to support contracts on the near-curve, while weakening Brent weighed on prices further out. Maintenance at the Heimdal facility was extended until the 8th of August, while the Kvitebjorn field and the Karsto processing plant were also offline.