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Europe’s Gas Prices Drop To The Lowest Level Since September 2021

  • European benchmark gas prices fell to their lowest level since September 2021 on Monday morning.
  • Europe is more confident that there will be no gas shortages until the end of this winter.
  • The UK’s wholesale gas prices also dropped today on expected stronger wind power generation on Tuesday. 

Milder weather, the end of a supply outage in Norway, and expectations of stronger winds in northwest Europe sent on Monday European benchmark natural gas prices down by 4% to the lowest level since September 2021.

Europe is more confident that there will be no gas shortages until the end of this winter, while the Freeport LNG export facility in the United States sent out the first shipment from storage since a fire halted exports in June 2022. These factors also dragged the TTF price, Europe’s benchmark, down by 4% to $54.50 (51 euros) per megawatt hour (MWh) midday in Amsterdam on Monday.

The UK’s wholesale gas prices also dropped today on expected stronger wind power generation on Tuesday. 

The Swedish grid operator Svenska kraftnät said on Monday that it had downgraded the risk of power shortages to “low” from “real.”

According to Pontus de Mare, Senior Vice President of Power System Operations at Svenska kraftnät, the lowered perceived risk of power cuts is the result of an improved supply situation in northwestern Europe and a decline in electricity consumption during peak demand hours.

In Germany, the Federal Network Agency, Bundesnetzagentur, said on Monday that the gas supply in Germany is stable, and “It is unlikely that there will be a gas deficit situation this winter.”

Gas storage sites in Germany are 73.08% full, the regulator said, while data from Gas Infrastructure Europe shows that across the EU, gas storage sites were 66.48% full as of February 11, well above the five-year average for this time of the year.

Weather forecasts suggest temperatures will be higher than seasonal averages in the UK and northwestern Europe this week, which also means lower demand for heating and power generation from natural gas.

Norway’s gas supply to Europe also sharply recovered on Monday from Sunday after the end of an unplanned outage at the huge Troll gas field, easing concerns about immediate supply.  

By Charles Kennedy for Oilprice.com

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  • George Doolittle on February 13 2023 said:
    How prices ever got so high in the first instance mystery but past is prologue so now New Problem of *MASSIVE* glut both upon Europe and now in the USA as well which, well...the USA can manufacture and sell methanol now on an industrial scale so that's great news for those who need alternatives to diesel fuel...but of course the USA has pure BEV from many not just still wholly dominant Tesla but of course the latter there now more of that than ever of said Brand.

    Definitely not long gasoline futures going into March Madness. Boeing might be a good play here on any dramatic no news sell off tho. Could see some *HUGE* merg arb as well if Fed now suddenly no longer tightening cycle/recession achieved.

    Long Apple strong buy.

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