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7th November 2016 | Posted by: Natalie Ivinson | Market Analysis
European gas prices ended the week on a bearish note on Friday, pressured by forecasts of normal temperatures after a widely awaited cold snap in the coming days and weak oil prices. The UK system was comfortable thanks to high imports from Norway and the continent.
Gas prices moved down yesterday afternoon, erasing some of the morningâ€™s strong gains, with comfortable gas systems across Europe providing bearish pressure. Concerns regarding power supply over the winter period offered support at the start of the session but higher imports into the UK from Belgium and falling Brent helped contracts record a loss.
A below average weather forecast and concerns regarding power supply over the coming months helped to push gas contracts higher on Wednesday. Scheduled maintenance in Norway on Friday will also reduce flows by 20mcm, while LNG supply will remain weak. A delayed restart in withdrawals from the Rough storage facility was another supportive factor and cold temperatures led to a 15% rise in residential demand.
An expected drop in temperatures over the next fortnight helped to push prompt gas contracts higher yesterday, with further support coming from a delayed restart in withdrawals from the Rough storage facility. LNG supply was tight with only two deliveries scheduled to dock in the UK this month, while Norwegian imports remained low. Contracts further along the curve also found support from a sharp rise in APi2 coal.
Sentiment on the gas curve was bullish on Monday with an expected drop in temperatures, increased gas-fired generation and limited Norwegian flows combining to push contracts higher. Brent also strengthened in the afternoon and contributed to upward movement further along the curve, with rising coal prices also a factor.