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Price Drivers

Henry Hub prices pressured by rising stocks

Henry Hub front-month futures fell by 4.8% over the past week. The July front-month contract settled at around $4.54/MMBtu on Tuesday.

25 June 2014
Price Drivers

Nord Stream maintenance should support German prices

European hub prices responded only temporarily to renewed tensions between Ukraine and Russia over the past week.

23 June 2014
Policy & Politics

Argentine shale strategy needs structural reform

Argentina will struggle to exploit the full potential of its shale gas resources without significant restructuring, which appears to be a distant prospect.

19 June 2014
Policy & Politics

Dolphin expansion offers UAE little benefit

The UAE will struggle to meet growing domestic demand for gas as there is limited scope for indigenous production growth, while an increase in pipeline supplies from Qatar seems unlikely.

19 June 2014
Companies

Russia-China deal unlocks Far East strategy

Interfax chief energy analyst Peter Stewart looks at Russia’s eastern strategy and finds its plans are far more ambitious than the 38 bcm deal alone.

19 June 2014
Price Drivers

Russian deal heralds Asian price benchmark

The landmark Russia-China pipeline agreement signed last month between Russia and China could be a catalyst for the development of China’s market via a regional price benchmark.

19 June 2014
Price Drivers

Air conditioning demand buoys Henry Hub futures

Henry Hub front-month futures reached an intraday high of $4.89/MMBtu on Monday – the highest level since 26 February – as a result of increased demand for air conditioning in several parts of the United States.

18 June 2014
Price Drivers

European gas prices rally on Russian supply halt

Prices rallied on Friday as a supply cut from Russia this week became more likely

16 June 2014
Price Drivers

Gains in Henry Hub futures limited by weather and supply

Henry Hub front-month futures declined by 4.4% to close at $4.53/MMBtu on Tuesday compared with the intraday high of $4.74/MMBtu the previous day – which was also their highest level since 8 May.

11 June 2014
Price Drivers

Interconnector maintenance could pressure UK prices

The relentless price weakness at European hubs in the past few weeks has sparked debate as to whether prices could drop further in the short term.

10 June 2014
Price Drivers

Transco Z6 prices recover from 20 month low

Regional gas prices in the Middle Atlantic region of the United States received a boost last week as air conditioning-demand gathered pace.

4 June 2014
Price Drivers

European hub prices sink further into the abyss

Hub prices in Europe continued to fall over the past two weeks because of a lack of demand and comfortable LNG and pipeline supplies.

2 June 2014
Price Drivers

Bulls and bears balance Henry Hub futures

Henry Hub front-month futures traded in a tight range last week. The downside to prices was limited by the technical support at $4.35/MMBtu, whereas resistance by the 50-day moving average capped price gains.

28 May 2014
Price Drivers

Time gradient and US LNG exports

The Henry Hub futures strip provides subtle clues about the market’s expectations of US LNG export levels.

21 May 2014
Price Drivers

The long road to supply diversification

New pipeline projects and cross-border infrastructure in Central and Southeast Europe will reduce the region’s reliance on Russian gas, says Petar Poptchev, Bulgaria’s ambassador at large for energy issues

21 May 2014
Price Drivers

Markets ignore reclassification of US gas stocks

Storage operators in the United States reclassified 226 million cubic metres of base gas as working gas in the week ending 9 May, but this was largely ignored by the market.

20 May 2014
Price Drivers

Chilean supply crunch to persist despite policy change

New Chilean President Michelle Bachelet revealed details of her energy policy this month, emphasising LNG and renewables. However, reliance on imported LNG could negate many of the benefits her new policy offers.

19 May 2014
Price Drivers

Hot weather and LNG supplies continue to push prices down

European hub prices will remain under pressure this week as warmer-than-average temperatures are forecast for northwest Europe, further reducing gas demand from the residential sector.

19 May 2014
Price Drivers

Operators urge US gas providers to rebuild stocks

The US saw its third consecutive week of higher-than-expected gas storage build for the 2014 injection period in the week ending 2 May.

13 May 2014
Price Drivers

Asian demand and maintenance could support European summer prices

European prices continued to fall over the past week because of subdued demand and strong LNG imports.

12 May 2014

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