24th April 2019 | Posted by: Daniel Birkett | Market Analysis

Gas Power
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Near-curve gas prices decreased on Tuesday as maintenance at the Interconnector prevented exports and resulted in a glut in supply. The losses filtered through to the far-curve earlier in the session but bullish oil and carbon markets provided support later on. Power prices displayed mixed movement yesterday as near-curve contracts followed their weaker gas counterparts, with bearish sentiment provided by oversupply and warm weather. Further out, prices were pushed higher by a rise in coal, oil and carbon markets.
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The system is slightly long this morning and storage levels have increased by 20% as excess supply was injected yesterday. Despite this, gas prices have increased as supply levels have weakened and carbon has strengthened further. A rise in coal and carbon continues to offer support to power prices this morning, ignoring a drop in oil. Wind levels are expected to pick up over the coming days which has limited upward movement on the prompt, while temperatures will remain above the seasonal norm.

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Brent Summary

Brent 1st-nearby prices have weakened with the expectations of a rise in US crude oil inventories. Recent API figures suggest that stocks could have increased strongly last week but overall sentiment remains bullish following the US’ decision to cancel waivers for Iranian oil producers.

1-year forward prices

Market close data has revealed that the 1-year forward price for both commercial gas & commercial electricity increased – closing at 52.68ppt and £57.03/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 - 24-04-2019

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