WEEKLY ENERGY MARKET UPDATE - 05/12/2022

5 Dec 2022

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Last Week’s Pricing & Commentary  

Commodity

Unit

Settlement Price

Change Since 01 Jan 22

Change on Week

E&S Desk View

UK Gas NBP Jan 23

p/therm

336.31

119.64%

3.81%

Very significant bullish gains at the beginning of last week, but saw bearish reversals towards the end of the week. 

UK Gas NBP Summer 23

p/therm

332.21

96.12%

7.15%

UK Gas NBP Winter 23

p/therm

342.38

327.81%

5.49%

UK Power Base Jan 22

£/MWh

532.32

270.75%

17.79%

UK Power Base Summer 23

£/MWh

302.35

87.33%

11.31%

UK Power Base Winter 23

£/MWh

335.25

277.23%

10.87%

Carbon EUA Dec 22

€/tonne

87.67

9.86%

12.01%

Carbon UKA Dec 22

£/tonne

79.18

6.14%

13.47%

Oil Brent Crude Feb 23

$/barrel

85.57

12.83%

0.39%

 

Last week saw the market begin very bullishly as a result of significant emerging weather fundamentals, namely: cold temperatures and low wind generation (20% below seasonal norms). This resulted in some highly volatile price action along the curve, particularly in front month contracts, with Jan 23 NBP experiencing a 71p trading range last Wednesday. As the market became more comfortable with the risk that the cold patch represented to supply and storage levels, the extortionate risk premiums began to get priced out of the curve. However, DA and prompt contracts remain supported due to the increased gas for power and gas for heating demand, coupled with the fact that electricity prices in the UK need to remain relatively competitive with French peak prices, even in the face of continued nuclear uncertainty. The bullish uptick in British gas prices last week resulted in an additional 2 laden LNG vessels becoming bound for British shores, bringing the total up to 18 by the 19th of December. The cold weather is set to continue throughout weeks 49 and 50, and the power market has seen its first medium-high triad warning of the winter today to open the week. Carbon markets remained strong throughout the week gaining €5.80/tonne and £3.23/tonne for EUA’s (up 12.01% over the course of the week) and UKA’s (up 13.47% over the week) respectively. Oil markets however, remained bearish as increasing covid-19 cases in China weaken demand outlooks. Pricing has now all but erased it’s gains for the year with levels not seen since December-2021.

 

Last Week’s Average Generation Stack

 

Gas

Wind

Solar

Hydro

Nuclear

Imports & Exports

Biomass

Pumped Storage

Coal

GW

19.80

5.48

0.65

0.65

4.39

3.22

2.48

0.15

1.18

%

52.12

14.42

1.70

1.72

11.55

8.47

6.52

0.39

3.11

 

This Morning’s View

 

Trafigura have provided the German government with a $3 billion loan to help with the purchase of LNG, indicating just how central the super chilled fuel is set to become to the European energy mix. Secondly, a cap of $60/barrel has now been imposed on Russia for seaborne crude, which is $10/barrel below where Urals is currently trading. Russia has already said it wont export to any nation that tries to impose this cap which could lead to a shortness of supply and therefore bullish buying.

 

 

Wider news

 

UAE, Ukraine to start talks on bilateral trade deal | Reuters

Exclusive: China may announce 10 new COVID easing steps on Weds -sources | Reuters

Raheem Sterling leaves England World Cup squad after armed break-in at family home - BBC Sport

 

 

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