Daily (09.04.2019): WTI crude at its 5-month high on Monday due to conflict in Libya

09/04/2019 10:00 Daily


Crude oil prices increased on Monday, bolstered by concerns that civil unrest in Libya could lead to a tighter crude supply. OPEC’s production cuts as well as U.S. sanctions against Iran and Venezuela also supported prices. Brent crude price rose by 1.1% to $71.10 a barrel. Meanwhile, WTI futures hiked by 2.1% to $64.40 a barrel, after data showed a drop in the crude inventories at the WTI delivery point in Cushing, Oklahoma.

Monday saw a correction in UK gas prices, as Norwegian flows via the Langeled pipeline were back to the normal level. In addition, robust LNG deliveries into an oversupplied system also put pressure on prices. The NBP spot price plunged by 6.7% to 38.25 p/therm. At the same time, the contract price for delivery in May 2019 slumped by 4.8% to 39.14 p/therm.


European day-ahead electricity prices posted strong gains on Monday, on expectations for a rising demand due to short-term forecasts for a cold snap. The German spot power price soared by 9.6% to 41.99 EUR/MWh. In the meantime, the price for the equivalent French contract spiked by 9.2% to 42.72 EUR/MWh, due to weaker wind power generation.


Along the forward curve, power prices were rather flat on Monday. The German power contract for delivery in 2020 edged 0.2% higher at 49.28 EUR/MWh, amid supportive oil and coal prices. However, the decline in carbon prices and the downside correction on the gas market limited a further rise in prices. The equivalent French contract price was almost constant, trading at 52.28 EUR/MWh.


The European carbon prices reversed trend to retreat from a 10-week high amid signs of an overbought market on Monday. The price for the 2020-expiry contract lost 1.2% to end at 24.62 EUR/tonne.

Daily (30.07.2020): European CO2 prices rebounded by nearly 2% on Wednesday tracking a stronger auction in Poland.

30/07/2020 13:19:00

Crude oil prices inched higher on Wednesday, following an unexpected drop in US crude inventories. Consequently, Brent crude rose by 1.2% to $43.75 a barrel, while WTI futures increased by 0.6% to $41.27 a barrel.


Eneco, Shell win Dutch offshore wind tender with 759-MW project

30/07/2020 10:56:00

A joint venture between Dutch utility Eneco and oil and gas major Royal Dutch Shell Plc has won the tender for the third zero-subsidy offshore wind farm in the Dutch North Sea, to be built in the Hollandse Kust Noord zone.


Assembly of world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor begins in France

30/07/2020 10:49:00

A total of 35 nations are currently collaborating to build tokamak, a magnetic fusion device, which aims to demonstrate the real potential of fusion as a large scale carbon-free source of energy