The majority of baseload power contracts fell week-on-week, with only day-ahead power rising. The contract gained 10.3% week-on-week to £39.3/MWh, following its gas counterpart higher amid cooler temperatures and low wind generation. All seasonal power contracts moved lower, falling 1.0% on average. Winter 19 power declined 1.4% to £55.8/MWh at the end of the week, having dropped to a two-month on 5 June. Gas contracts experienced mixed movements this week, as cooler weather supported near-term contracts up to and including August 19, whilst contracts further along the curved followed oil prices lower. Day-ahead gas rose 3.8% to end the week at 28.6p/th, having dropped to 26.9p/th on 4 June as the system was oversupplied. Month-ahead gas was up 3.3% to 28.4p/th, despite warmer temperatures forecast in July. Seasonal contracts fell 1.0% on average, with winter 19 gas 1.9% lower week-on-week at 52.0p/th. Brent crude oil fell 9.7% to average $61.6/bl, following news of an unexpected rise in US crude stockpiles at the end of May, pushing prices below $60/bl on 5 June, the lowest since January. Oil prices were also pressured by news that US crude production hit a record 12.4mn bpd at the end of May. API 2 coal prices fell again, down 2.9% to average $64.2/t. Prices dropped to $63.3/t, a fresh two-year low, as ARA coal stocks remained well supplied at 6.6mt as of 3 June. EU ETS carbon prices dropped 4.5% to average €24.2/t.
Day-ahead power rose 10.3% week-on-week to £39.3/MWh, driven by higher gas prices and relatively low wind output.
Month-ahead power slipped 1.0%, ending the week at £39.0/MWh.
Annual October 19 power was down 1.3% week-on-week at £51.7/MWh.
The contract is 3.7% lower than the same time last month (£53.7/MWh), but 3.8% higher than the same time last year (£49.9/MWh).
Forward curve comparison
Annual October Contract
Day-ahead peak power rose 11.3% to £43.0/MWh, £3.7/MWh above its baseload counterpart.
Day-ahead peak power is 28.9% lower than the same time last year when it was £60.5/MWh.
July 19 peak power slipped 1.6% to end the week at £42.7/MWh.
Annual October 19 peak power was down 1.4% to end the week at £57.5/MWh, £5.8/MWh above its baseload power counterpart.
The contract is 3.3% below its value this time last month (£59.5/MWh), but 3.0% below the same time last year when it was £55.9/MWh.
Forward curve comparison
Annual October contract
Seasonal power prices
Seasonal baseload power contracts
Seasonal baseload power curve
All seasonal power contracts moved lower, falling 1.0% on average.
Winter 19 power declined 1.4% to £55.8/MWh at the end of the week, having dropped to a two-month low below £55.0/MWh on 5 June.
Seasonal peak power contracts slipped 0.8% on average, with only summer 21 unchanged at £51.2/MWh.
Winter 19 peak power dropped 1.7% to £62.7/MWh.
Commodity price movements
Oil and Coal
Brent crude oil fell 9.7% to average $61.6/bl.
News in the middle of the week of an unexpected rise in US crude stockpiles at the end of May also provided bearish momentum to Brent crude oil prices, pushing prices below $60/bl on 5 June, the lowest since January. US crude stocks rose by 22mn barrels at the end of May, the biggest increase since 1990.
Oil prices were also pressured by news that US crude production hit a record 12.4mn bpd at the end of May, an increase of 1.63mn bpd y-o-y.
API 2 coal prices fell again this week, down 2.9% to average $64.2/t. Prices dropped to $63.3/t, a fresh two-year low.
European thermal coal imports are predicted to decline by 16% this year from 95mt in 2018, following cheaper gas prices, higher carbon prices and lower growth in power generation.
EU ETS carbon prices reversed recent gains this week, dropping 4.5% to average €24.2/t.
Prices fell following year-to-date record higher auction volumes following the start of EUA volumes from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. These auctions are back-dated with EUAs from 2013, meaning accumulated volumes between 2013-19 will be auctions for the remainder of this year and into 2020, adding 0.3mn EUAs to each EU common auction.
Weak demand for EUAs is expected to continue as warmer temperatures drive power demand lower, pushing coal-fired power generation out of the generation mix as gas prices remain at record lows across Europe.
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