15th March 2016 | Posted by: Daniel Birkett | Market Analysis

Gas Power
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The UK gas system was balanced yesterday despite a drop in LNG send-outs as the Bacton Seal terminal returned online which improved UK production; this helped contracts across the near-curve post losses. Contracts also softened further along the curve as oil and coal prices displayed a decrease. Temperatures are expected to remain mild over the short term and wind generation is set to improve over the coming days, helping the prompt close at a discount on Monday. The losses filtered through to the rest of the curve with further downward pressure coming from a weaker gas market and falling Brent.
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LNG send-outs are slightly higher this morning, demand levels are unchanged and other supply sources remain stable; resulting in a long UK gas system. This healthier supply picture has led to small losses across the near-curve, with a further drop in the price of Brent also weighing on the majority of contracts further out. Consumption levels weakened yesterday and are generally unchanged today which has resulted in further losses on the power curve this morning. A healthier wind generation forecast for the rest of the week helped the prompt record a loss, while falling Brent continues to apply bearish pressure on the far-curve.

Brent Summary

Brent 1st-nearby prices have recorded another loss this morning as the monthly OPEC report shows that demand levels have fallen further in 2016 and a potential freeze deal looks unlikely.

1-year forward prices

Market close data has revealed that the 1-year forward price for both commercial gas & commercial electricity decreased - closing at 29.40ppt and £34.23/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 - 15-03-2016