2nd May 2017 | Posted by: Daniel Birkett | Market Analysis

Gas Power
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Gas prices posted gains towards the end of Friday’s session with cold temperatures contributing to above average demand levels. A drop in storage injections also provided additional strength to the Day-Ahead contract. Meanwhile, oil prices were rather volatile and helped to support contracts on the far-curve. Power prices displayed a bullish trend on Friday with a sharp drop in wind generation contributing to gains on the prompt. Scheduled maintenance at power plants over the summer also provided upward pressure, while coal prices continued to strengthen.
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Fundamentals are generally bullish this morning and gas prices have increased as a result. Temperatures are expected to remain below the seasonal norm until the middle of May and demand levels are forecast to be 8% above the average for this time of year. In terms of supply, LNG send-outs have decreased and two unplanned outages have reduced Norwegian flows, resulting in a short system. Power prices have mirrored movement on the gas curve and have climbed higher this morning. Weaker renewable generation and above average consumption has supported near-curve contracts, with rising coal helping towards increases on the far-curve.

For a breakdown of the current generation mix visit our Power Generation Insights page.

Brent Summary

Brent 1st-nearby prices are relatively stable at present, posting a loss of just $0.10/b since Friday’s open. A rise in Libyan output continues to provide downward pressure on prices, while a key OPEC meeting has been scheduled for the 25th of May.

1-year forward prices

Market close data has revealed that the 1-year forward price for both commercial gas & commercial electricity increased – closing at 43.15ppt and £42.95/MWh, respectively.

Today’s prices can also be found in an easy to read table on our ‘current UK energy price' page.

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energy price graph - 02-05-2017

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