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Cold weather pushed near-curve gas contracts higher on Tuesday, with low nuclear availability in France also a factor, as extra gas-fired generation will be required to make up the shortfall. Meanwhile, bullish movement on the oil market eased in the afternoon, helping to erase some of the morning’s gains.
Oil prices have risen to their highest levels in two years as a corruption crackdown in Saudi Arabia has resulted in the arrest of numerous politicians.
Gas prices increased on Monday following strong growth on the oil market and a rebound in coal prices. Cold temperatures continued to lift demand levels in the UK which resulted in a short system in the afternoon, requiring an increase in storage withdrawals.
Demand levels were above the seasonal norm at the end of last week but improved Norwegian supply helped to curb some of the upward movement as the system was long throughout the session. The far-curve also displayed some losses in the afternoon on the back of a drop in coal prices.
Increased CCGT generation and higher LDZ demand led to increases across the near gas curve on Thursday. The system was oversupplied on the back of improved Norwegian flows which capped the gains somewhat, while the far-curve was pushed higher by rising coal.