Daily (25.10.2019): Carbon prices surged by around 2.8% on Thursday amid a firmer energy complex ahead of the key Brexit vote

25/10/2019 11:00 Daily


Crude oil prices continued to rise on Thursday after a surprise fall in the U.S. crude stockpiles last week. Hopes for deeper supply cuts from OPEC also supported prices. However, persistent crude demand worries reduced gains. Consequently, Brent crude traded 0.8% higher at 61.67 USD/bbl. At the same time, WTI futures edged up by 0.5% at 56.23 USD/bbl.

UK forward gas prices reversed trend to increase on Thursday, following the bullish evolution in the oil and carbon markets. The July 2020 delivery contract price gained 1.8% to end at 40.34 p/therm. Nevertheless, expectations for lower demand and firmer supplies pushed the NBP spot down by 1.3% to 25.85 p/therm. Abundant gas storages also kept the spot price under pressure.


European day-ahead electricity prices dropped on Thursday. The price for the German day-ahead power contract dipped by 6.5% to 36.11 EUR/MWh, pressured by an expected surge in wind power output and falling demand. At the same time, the equivalent French contract price declined by 2.2% to 38.34 EUR/MWh amid steady nuclear power output.


Forward electricity prices diverged slightly on Thursday. The German power contract for delivery in 2020 was 0.1% firmer at 47.33 EUR/MWh supported by higher carbon prices and stronger fuel contracts. In the meantime, the price for the equivalent French contract was almost unchanged at 50.22 EUR/MWh, amid receding worries over the French nuclear availability after the official clearance of the six French nuclear plants.


EU carbon prices rebounded amid firmer fuel contracts and speculative buying on Thursday. The price for the 2019-expiry contract jumped by 2.8% to 25.44 EUR/tonne. Persistent Brexit uncertainty in anticipation of a key Brexit vote on the extension of the 31 October deadline could increase volatility in prices.

Daily (08.07.2020): German and French spot electricity prices at their highest levels since the end of January amid lower renewables output and nuclear availability

08/07/2020 11:15:00

Crude oil futures were little changed on Tuesday as an apparent optimism that U.S. crude inventories will decline this week was overshadowed by the surge in coronavirus cases in parts of the world which continued to pressure prospects for energy demand. Hence, Brent crude for September delivery steadied at $43.08 a barrel, while the U.S. WTI crude stagnated at $40.62 a barrel.


Denmark allows Nord Stream 2 to complete pipeline hit by US sanctions

08/07/2020 09:36:00

By allowing the usage of anchored vessels, the permit gives Nord Stream 2 more freedom of choice of Russian pipelaying vessels it can use for finalising construction


Simply Blue seeks to survey area for up to 1-GW Celtic Sea wind farm

08/07/2020 09:32:00

Simply Blue Energy is seeking permission to conduct survey activities near the Kinsale gas platform in the Celtic Sea for a potential offshore wind project of 988 MW that will be using the Windfloat platform.