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.
The analysis also contains a graph which tracks the one-year forward price of both gas and electricity as well as changes to Brent crude oil.
Gas demand remained high yesterday as temperatures were below average, however, the gas system was oversupplied due to improved LNG send-outs. LNG flows rose from 41mcm to 57mcm with numerous deliveries expected to dock in the UK over the next week. Norwegian and Dutch imports into the UK were also higher and this healthy supply picture helped to weigh on contracts on the near-curve, with a drop in oil weighing on far-curve prices.
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A cold weather forecast for the rest of the week continued to apply bullish pressure to the gas curve yesterday with most contracts displaying a gain. However, supply levels remained comfortable despite rising demand which helped to limit the upward movement, with weaker oil also weighing on the far-curve.
Temperatures are expected to remain below average until the end of the week at least which offered support to near-curve gas contracts yesterday. Supply levels remained comfortable but stronger demand tightened the system. Further along the curve prices took direction from rising oil contracts.
Gas prices decreased on Friday on the back of healthy supply levels and a drop in demand; European prices displayed more significant losses compared to the UK as the Euro further strengthened against the Pound. An increase in oil prices offered some support to the far-curve but the overall sentiment remained bearish.