The gas price at the Dutch TTF hub, the benchmark gas price for Europe, soared on Tuesday to above 100 euro per MWh for the 1st time ever, as gas and coal prices rally in Europe and Asia and as nuclear power generation in France fell due to a strike.
The energy crisis continues to worsen, and there is no immediate relief in sight, analysts say.
Energi Danmark said in a note:
- Everything looks set for another week of price climbs, as the fiercely nervous sentiment on the market continues due to fears of reduced supply during the winter The most traded contracts on the important Dutch TTF hub once again climbed to all-time highs, and could easily continue the uptrend today
The market is concerned about energy supply this winter and shrugged off Monday's news from Nord Stream 2 AG, the operator of the controversial Russia-led gas pipeline, which started filling the 1st string of the pipeline with gas to get ready for the moment that German authorities grant it an operational license.
With an uncertain start of Nord Stream 2, gas prices in Europe continue to surge, also due to forecasts of cold weather in north Europe and lower production of electricity from nuclear generation in France, due to a strike.
A gas trader told Reuters:
- All energy prices - coal, oil, gas, power - are up
- There doesn't seem to be any let up to the rallying
Author: Tsvetana Paraskova