Apollo Energy publishes 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 how the markets are performing and also considers various factors which could dictate price changes in the future.
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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.
Gas contracts displayed mixed movement on Friday with weakening oil prices applying downward pressure on the far-curve. However, weak economic data coming out of the UK and another drop in the Pound helped to support prices at the front of the curve. Low Norwegian flows and reduced LNG-send-outs also tightened supply and contributed to the gains.
Numerous gains could be observed across the gas curve on Thursday as a result of a very under-supplied system. Weaker coal and oil contracts provided some resistance further along the curve but short supply dictated the overall sentiment. Norwegian flows and UKCS production are lower due to outages, while a lack of deliveries has reduced LNG send-outs.
Weaker Norwegian flows and an increase in coal-fired power generation (on the back of higher cooling demand due to warm temperatures) lifted gas contracts on the near-curve yesterday. Elsewhere, there are no LNG deliveries scheduled to arrive in the UK until the 27th of July which resulted in a drop in send-outs, also offering further support to the curve.
The UK gas system remained short yesterday as an increase in gas-fired power generation and higher exports to Belgium lifted demand levels. Weaker UKCS and Norwegian flows also reduced supply levels, as did a drop in LNG send-outs; this helped towards gains on the near-curve. Further out, winter contracts displayed some decreases following strong upward movement on Friday.