WEEKLY MARKET UPDATE - 23/08/2021

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Last Week’s Pricing & Commentary

Commodity

Unit

Settlement Price

Change Since 01 Jan 21

Change on Week

UK Gas NBP Sep 21

p/therm

104.76

150.02%

-5.53%

UK Gas NBP Winter 21

p/therm

109.00

112.27%

-4.65%

UK Gas NBP Summer 22

p/therm

69.33

74.62%

-4.11%

UK Power Base Sep 21

£/MWh

103.00

102.08%

-4.06%

UK Power Base Winter 21

£/MWh

108.01

86.54%

-3.71%

UK Power Base Summer 22

£/MWh

75.87

60.23%

-2.71%

Carbon EUA Dec 21

€/tonne

54.38

66.20%

-1.81%

Carbon UKA Dec 21

£/tonne

47.65

5.30%

-1.14%

Oil Brent Crude Oct 21

$/barrel

65.18

27.68%

-7.66%

 

 

Last week saw vast volatility in the European energy complex, led mostly by gas hub pricing. Front month NBP marched up higher on Monday reaching the week’s high of 119.34p/therm and settling an impressive 8.17p/them higher.

Support came from a change in sentiment around Russian gas with the market moving from asking the question of ‘when’ Russia would flow to Europe, to ‘if’ they could flow gas based on a tight Russian domestic balance and the outages.

However, Wednesday and Thursday provided the most impressive price moves as Wednesday saw Gascade, the North Germany TSO, post nominations on their website for the Lubmin II hub, which is the receiving station for Nord Stream 2. This shocked the market and saw a huge sell off as traders were stopped out of long positions with a low of 103.05p/therm being printed, however these nominations were later confirmed to be an IT error rather than Nord Stream 2 going through testing and the market pared losses to settle 5p/therm lower.

Thursday then brought further Nord Stream 2 drama as Gazprom made the statement that they expect the pipeline to deliver 5.2 bcm of gas to Europe over the balance of 2021. Some analysis places the start of gas flow to be mid-October, whilst others suggest it could be earlier if Gazprom do not wait for both pipelines to be finished. Friday saw profit taking push pricing higher during low liquidity to limit losses on the week.

Power markets tracked gas with front month, Winter 21 and Summer 22 UK baseload dropping £4.36/MWh, £4.16/MWh, and £2.11/MWh. Carbon markets were also led by gas with strong gains on Monday and the Nord Stream 2 saga causing heavy losses on Wednesday and Thursday. Thursday’s sell off cut just over €3.60/tonne of value from the Dec 21 EUA contract as gas markets plummeted.

However, gains on Monday and Friday meant that the contract only dropped €1/tonne on the week. UKAs mirrored EUAs, dropping just £0.55/tonne on the week. Brent crude markets were also weaker over the course of last week as US gasoline stocks rose, a surprise to the market in what should be a period of intense demand in the US in the form of driving season. Also weighing on pricing was growing delta variant cases in Asia, specifically China, which had traders concerned with demand recovery trajectories.

 

Last Week’s Average Generation Stack

 

 

Gas

Wind

Solar

Hydro

Nuclear

Imports & Exports

Biomass

Pumped Storage

Coal

GW

13.59

5.14

3.07

0.21

4.25

4.82

2.09

0.20

0.28

%

40.38

15.26

9.12

0.64

12.62

14.32

6.22

0.59

0.84

 

 

 

 

 

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