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Near-curve gas prices increased on Friday with support coming from maintenance at the St Fergus pipeline which limited supply. Meanwhile, upward movement on the far-curve was less prominent with the gains restricted by a drop in Brent.
A drop in LNG send-outs and weaker UKCS production tightened the gas system yesterday and offered support to near-curve gas contracts. A rise in Norwegian exports to the continent limited some of the gains, while weakening Brent helped to weigh on contracts further along the curve.
Losses on the oil market pressured down far-curve gas contracts yesterday afternoon but movement at the front of the curve was generally bullish. Norwegian exports into Europe decreased, while a cooler weather forecast for the rest of the week helped to push the prompt higher. Elsewhere, worries in regards to output at the Groningen facility was a point of discussion at a parliament meeting in Holland.
A drop in Norwegian imports into the UK helped to support gas contracts yesterday afternoon, ignoring an oversupplied system. Temperatures were also set to turn cooler later in the week which will lift demand levels, while weaker wind should lead to a rise in gas-fired power generation.