6th October 2017 | Posted by: Daniel Birkett | Market Analysis

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Planned outages in Norway will restrict imports between the 10-12th of October, while unplanned outages affected Heimdal and Entry Segal, helping to lift prices on Thursday. Oil prices also recorded further gains which supported the far-curve, while the Pound continued to weaken against the Euro. Uncertainty in regards to French nuclear availability resulted in some gains on the power curve yesterday, with bullish oil and a weakening Pound also contributing factors. Healthy wind generation provided some opposition to the bulls on the far-curve but failed to stop the prompt closing at a premium.
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The system has opened long this morning as Norwegian flows were rerouted to the UK from Europe. However, maintenance at the Corrib field in Ireland is still on-going and planned outages in Norway next week have helped restrict losses on the near-curve. Further out, price movement is minimal with little support provided by coal and oil markets. Temperatures are expected to remain mild over the next fortnight, while wind levels will remain healthy, resulting in a strong loss on the prompt this morning. Further delays at French nuclear facilities have helped to support the rest of the near-curve, while weaker coal has capped bullish movement at the back of the curve.

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

Brent Summary

Brent 1st-nearby prices continue to recover and trade above $56.9/b this morning. Another storm is set to hit the US which has closed oil facilities on the Gulf coast, while the prospect of further OPEC production cuts provides on-going support.

1-year forward prices

Market close data has revealed that the 1-year forward price for commercial gas increased slightly, while commercial electricity recorded a minor loss – closing at 45.89ppt and £45.18/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 - 06-10-2017

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