A weakening dollar contributed to decline in crude prices
14 September 2020
As the pound continued to decline, UK gas prices recorded corresponding gainsAs the pound continued to decline, UK gas prices recorded corresponding gains on Friday. The limited gains on the day failed to alter the week-on-week losses on the gas futures market where the front month finished 2.53, or 8% lower over the week. Demand on the UK gas system fell as wind power generation increased and the system remained in balance despite Langeled flows falling below 10MCM on the day. Storage withdrawals ramped up over the course of the day to maintain system balance to close of business. Prompt gas prices at the NBP fell by an average of 1.25p.
The weakening pound maintained upward pressure on power prices generallyWith the exception of the front month, GB baseload power futures gained in lockstep with the gas market on Friday. Carbon prices eased slightly on the day, but the weakening pound maintained upward pressure on power prices generally. The day ahead contract recovered £2.00/MWh of Thursday’s heavy loss as wind generation levels are forecast lower for this week.
Crude oil prices edged lower again on Friday with Brent crude dropping 23 cents to settle at $39.83. The global benchmark shed $2.83 a barrel week-on-week. The U.S. benchmark, West Texas Intermediate, was down by just 3 cents to $37.33 a barrel. The main drivers of oil prices at the moment are growing concerns about global economic recovery and the impact that may have on demand. A weakening dollar contributed to the week-on-week decline in crude prices as the greenback fell against the euro and most major currencies apart from the pound sterling.
Crude oil prices edged lower again on Friday with Brent crude dropping 23 cents