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German regulator dashes hopes for trading hub merger

Hopes for a merger between Germany’s two gas hubs – the NCG and GASPOOL – have been dashed by the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), the country’s energy regulator.

21 March 2013
Fundamentals

Spot trade confined to Latin American buyers

Brazilian incumbent Petrobras has once again come to the fore of the spot market, securing two cargoes in a matter of days, according to market sources.

20 March 2013
Policy & Politics

‘Unintended consequences’ expected from EU regulation

European energy market regulation brings with it “unintended consequences”, delegates at the Energy Trading Regulations & Compliance 2013 Summit were told on Tuesday.

19 March 2013
Fundamentals

Of price levels and formulae

Japanese buyers have repeatedly argued that the oil link ‘is not rational’. They may have a point.

15 March 2013
Price Drivers

Declining freight rates spur easing LNG prices

A drop in freight rates, due to additional tankers entering the market, has contributed to much of the recent decline in LNG prices, Goldman Sachs analysts have said.

13 March 2013
Price Drivers

European spot gas contracts spike again, hit 13-month high

Gas for day-ahead delivery at the UK’s NBP natural gas hub soared to a 13-month high on Tuesday as an issue with withdrawals from the country’s largest storage site reduced supply flexibility.

13 March 2013
Policy & Politics

Europe in need of regulatory overhaul – Statoil, RWE

The European gas market is in dire need of a structural overhaul to create a level playing field for struggling industry participants, senior executives from Statoil and RWE Supply & Trading told a packed house at the Flame conference in Amsterdam on Tuesday.

12 March 2013
Price Drivers

Wintry weather boosts heating demand, hits gas prices

Henry Hub natural gas contracts gained value last week as demand rose while supply declined.

12 March 2013
Price Drivers

Price spikes highlight NBP supply vulnerability

Recent price spikes at the UK’s NBP trading hub, following cold weather and unplanned outages in Norway, have cast doubt on the country’s supply flexibility.

7 March 2013
Price Drivers

Pricing under pressure as markets prepare for new supplies

The old-fashioned oil-indexed LNG pricing model is facing a change as new supply sources prepare to come online, executives predicted during IHS CERAWeek.

7 March 2013
Price Drivers

E-Control proposes Austrian balancing regime changes

Criticism of the Austrian gas market’s balancing regime has forced the country’s regulator E-Control to launch a consultation aimed at improving its methods.

5 March 2013
Price Drivers

Cold weather prompts 12-month spot market high

Cold weather has taken its toll on gas systems across Europe, pushing spot contracts to 12-month highs, as shippers scrambled to secure supply.

4 March 2013
Companies

Write-downs push independents into losses in North America

In addition to eating away at cash flows, falling gas prices have forced asset write-downs that have led to losses at companies that might have otherwise been profitable in 2012.

28 February 2013
Price Drivers

NBP hits 12-month high as demand soars

The cost of natural gas for day-ahead delivery at the UK’s NBP wholesale market reached a one-year high on Monday, as the system struggled to balance in the face of soaring demand.

26 February 2013
Fundamentals

Asian gas hub faces challenges, Singapore best prospect – IEA

The establishment of an Asian trading hub would better reflect market fundamentals and facilitate price discovery, but faces significant challenges as governments remain reluctant to liberalise wholesale gas markets and continue to emphasise security over economic concerns, the International Energy Agency said in a report on Tuesday.

26 February 2013
Policy & Politics

FERC’s market interference sparks industry criticism

The actions of the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in recent months have prompted questions among industry participants over whether the regulator is acting in the best interests of the market.

22 February 2013
Fundamentals

Poland regulator clears way for OTC trade

Polish energy regulator URE has enabled counterpartiesto trade over-the-counter gas for the first time, after announcing participants can apply for an exemption from the country’s tariffs when tradi

21 February 2013
Price Drivers

France feels the force of Spanish supply tightness

Growing LNG supply concerns on the Iberian peninsula have had a predictably bullish effect on spot gas prices at Spanish gas hub the AOC, but a special report by French energy regulator CRE shows Spai

21 February 2013
Price Drivers

Foreign exchange swings complicate European gas markets

A steadily appreciating euro has complicated the European gas market in recent weeks, as pricing dynamics between euro- and sterling-denominated derivatives change.

19 February 2013
Price Drivers

European contracts stuck in holding pattern

Despite daily fluctuations, European gas contracts showed relatively little movement week-on-week.

18 February 2013

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