4th September 2019 | Posted by: Daniel Birkett | Market Analysis

Gas Power
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Gas prices weakened yesterday morning but any losses were limited by Norwegian maintenance and an unplanned outage. Supply into the UK was limited as a result but a healthier LNG outlook provided bearish pressure. Meanwhile, commodity markets moved down which helped to weigh on the far curve. Despite a weak opening, power prices found support from a rise in coal and carbon in the afternoon and closed at a premium. However, an expected rise in wind levels today helped to pressure down the prompt.
Market Open Market Open
Gas contracts have climbed higher this morning following a rise in coal and carbon; carbon found support from the expectancy of another extension to the Brexit deadline. In terms of supply, the system is 10mcm long thanks to healthy LNG send-outs and stronger wind generation which has reduced gas-fired power demand. Power prices continue to take direction from stronger carbon, while wind levels are also expected to drop tomorrow, supporting the prompt. Coal also displays another increase, while weaker oil has had little impact on the curve.

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

Brent Summary

Brent 1st-nearby prices display another loss this morning as traders continue to focus on a weaker global economy. Despite this, a rebound is likely as Hurricane Dorian is expected to affect oil production on the Gulf Coast.

1-year forward prices

Market close data has revealed that the 1-year forward price for both commercial gas & commercial electricity increased – closing at 43.75ppt and £49.75/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 - 04-09-2019

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