Weekly Energy Market Update - 23/05/2022

23 May 2022

Home Weekly Energy Market Update - 23/05/2022

Last Week’s Pricing & Commentary  

 

Commodity

Unit

Settlement Price

Change Since 01 Jan 22

Change on Week

E&S Desk View

UK Gas NBP Jun 22

p/therm

147.96

-3.37%

-0.33%

Market to be bearish as European payments for Russian gas go through with minimal issues.

UK Gas NBP Winter 22

p/therm

229.01

35.20%

-7.66%

UK Gas NBP Summer 23

p/therm

168.26

110.25%

-2.83%

UK Power Base Jun 22

£/MWh

157.21

9.49%

-6.03%

UK Power Base Winter 22

£/MWh

231.47

43.41%

-5.24%

UK Power Base Summer 23

£/MWh

157.93

77.70%

-3.57%

Carbon EUA Dec 22

/tonne

80.39

0.74%

-9.14%

Carbon UKA Dec 22

£/tonne

82.37

10.42%

-2.06%

Oil Brent Crude July 22

$/barrel

112.55

48.40%

0.90%

 

The markets continued their volatile, headline driven moves as all eyes remained on Friday’s European payments for Russian gas deliveries. Nervousness around the market caused June-22 gas and power contracts to rise to around the 185.23p/therm mark and £181/MWh. Continued high LNG deliveries, alongside warm and windy weather forecasts for early June helped to provide weakness for the gas markets. A late sell off on Friday ensued after a lack of headline around payments for Russian gas, suggesting a move more back in line with fundamentals. EUAs saw a drop off in value from the highs of the previous week. It looks set to remain around the €80-85/MWh mark. Any movement lower than €80/MWh could trigger its retreat down towards €70/MWh level. UKAs followed moves in EUAs but not to the same extent, moving £1.73/MWh lower. Brent continued its volatile trading with significant intra-day moves. It saw moves down to settle at $109.11/barrel for July-22 contracts on Wednesday before rising back up to settle near flat on the week. Traders were balancing news around a slowdown in global economic growth and covid-19 lockdown easing in China. Wind generation started the week strong before dropping off, with sunny weather allowing solar to provide >6 GW on average at 15:00 through the week.

 

Last Week’s Average Generation Stack

 

Gas

Wind

Solar

Hydro

Nuclear

Imports & Exports

Biomass

Pumped Storage

Coal

GW

13.39

8.39

6.09

0.22

5.40

0.72

0.62

0.01

0.00

%

38.44

24.08

17.47

0.64

15.49

2.06

1.79

0.03

0.00

 

This Morning’s View

This morning has started with gas weaker but moves up in Carbon and oil. Minimal issues with Russian gas payments means that the gas market is expected to be bearish with strong LNG flows, warm and windy weather taking the pressure off gas demand. June-22 NBP contracts last traded at 140.00p/therm, down 7.96p/therm on Friday’s settlement. EUAs Dec-22 are up €0.32/tonne regaining some value lost last week. Brent July-22 has traded up $0.71/barrel as demand rises alongside falling storage levels. The NTS is forecast 19.9mcm short as wind generation drops, increasing power station demand.

 

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