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Fri, 26th Jan ’24


  • Notably, European storage remains toward the upper envelope of the 8-year range (see chart).
  • At this morning’s open, near-term delivery contracts are down off the back of high wind outputs (limiting withdrawals intended for gas-for-power burn).
  • Nonetheless, the UK gas system is still marginally short (demand outstripping supply) following unscheduled maintenance at Barrow terminal which has been extended until Sunday – with UKCS (UK Continental Shelf) flows consequently down 13%.
  • UK demand is, however, gradually falling with the onset of increasingly mild and windy weather (reducing heating demand).
  • Temperatures are likely to remain above seasonal norms for the coming weeks, sustaining bearish pressure (with the sharp-end of Winter-23 surely now in the rearview mirror).
  • Accordingly, Summer-24 prices are increasingly soft given expectations of  high storage left in the tank at winter’s end.
  • Geo-political risk persists in the form of Middle East escalations and lingering worries over supply disruption in the Red Sea/Suez Canal (limiting downside).
  • Monthly Day-Ahead averages are on target this month to achieve 76p/therm (or 2.6p/kwh).


  • Our generation mix is very bearish with renewables at 63% and gas-for-power burn at 6%.
  • Wind outputs are strong and forecast to remain so until early Feb (see chart).
  • Looking to the continent, European near-term delivery dropped yesterday, weighed by forecasts of weaker demand and improving renewables outputs.
  • Improving French nuclear availability and temperatures across NW Europe around 6°C above seasonal norms early next week will likely keep markets under pressure.
  • Red Sea risk notwithstanding, market softness can be attributed to comfortable supply/demand dynamics – robust supply, high gas stocks and demand destruction.
  • UK electricity monthly Day-Ahead averages are on target this month to achieve £73/mwh (or 7.3p/kwh).



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