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Gas systems across Europe were balanced yesterday thanks to a rise in imports from Norway, resulting in downward movement across the gas-curve. A drop in oil prices also helped to weigh on far-curve contracts, assisted by a weakening Pound.
Gas prices decreased yesterday afternoon as the UK gas system was balanced throughout the session following a rise in supply. The Pound also weakened further against the Euro which resulted in some losses on Euro-traded contracts, while a drop in Brent pressured down prices on the far-curve.
A drop in the Pound resulted in strong upward movement on the UK gas curve on Friday, although Euro-traded contracts posted losses. Elsewhere, the Dutch Economic Affairs Minister made a preliminary decision to cap production at the Groningen gas facility over the next five years; reducing output from 27bcm to 24bcm.
Profit taking by traders resulted in losses on the gas curve yesterday, while overall fundamentals were generally comfortable. Demand levels weakened which contributed to downward movement on the near-curve and weakening oil prices pressured down contracts further out.
Gas prices fluctuated throughout Wednesdayâ€™s session as Centrica announced that injections and withdrawals at the Rough storage facility will cease, temporarily due to some issues. This helped to weigh on near-curve prices, while contracts further out increased.