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Near-curve gas contracts moved down yesterday afternoon following a bullish opening, with a lower demand outlook expected over the Easter weekend and a rise in LNG send-outs helping towards bearish sentiment. Further out, prices found support from a likely cut in production at Groningen, as well as a strengthening coal market.
The Dutch government has announced that it will cut production at the Groningen gas field to 12 billion cubic metres (bcm) per year by 2022, with extraction at the site completely halted by 2030.
Supply concerns pushed gas contracts higher yesterday afternoon as colder temperatures are forecast for next week, while storage levels remain low. An announcement is also expected from the Dutch government on Thursday in regards to further production cuts at the country’s largest gas facility in Groningen. Meanwhile, coal prices displayed a strong rebound due to a potential miner striker in South Africa, supporting contracts at the back of the curve.
The supply/ demand outlook looks healthier for the Easter weekend as the predicted cold spell (Beast from the East 3) is now looking unlikely, with temperatures forecast to be around the seasonal norm. This helped near-curve gas contracts shed from their price, with healthy LNG send-outs also a factor. Far-curve contracts decreased in the afternoon but losses were limited by higher oil prices.