11th December 2018 | Posted by: Daniel Birkett | Market Analysis

Gas Power
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Gas prices climbed higher during Monday’s session with a short system offering support to the front of the curve. Meanwhile, the back of the curve was pushed higher by coal and carbon markets, while a delay to the Brexit vote caused the Pound to fall, providing additional bullish pressure. Power prices were on the rise on Monday, with support provided by an increase in coal, gas, carbon and biomass feedstocks. A weaker Pound helped the UK market increase more than its European counterparts.
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The UK gas system has opened oversupplied this morning thanks to improved Norwegian flows, while storage levels show an increase during December; this has restricted upward movement on the near-curve. Further out, prices are generally flat with a drop in oil offsetting a rise in coal. Power prices are little changed from the end of yesterday’s session, with the exception of the prompt and some near-curve contracts which have been pressured down by a weaker demand outlook.

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Brent Summary

Brent 1st-nearby prices display a sharp loss as the effects of the recent OPEC announcement were very short-lived. Brent has fallen back to around $59.8/b as there are doubts whether the production cuts can be fully implemented, with further bearish pressure provided by a rise in US output and a weak demand forecast for crude oil.

1-year forward prices

Market close data has revealed that the 1-year forward price for both commercial gas & commercial electricity increased – closing at 60.55ppt and £60.24/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 - 11-12-2018

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