Gas demand from Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) facilities increased to almost 37 million cubic meters this morning – around 17% of the UK’s gas demand.
That’s according to the daily market report from npower, which also suggests the Interconnector was exporting around 30 million cubic meters (mcm) of gas to Belgium this morning.
Client Portfolio Manager Steven Walker (pictured) said: “Storage withdrawals from medium range facilities ahead of the lower demand period, additional imports from BBL and LNG send out from South Hook nominated at almost 50mcm have provided sufficiently long balances to do so.
“An increase in Norwegian imports helped alleviate the short system yesterday but today’s Langeled nomination has reverted to 23mcm.”
Looking at contracts in the power market, he added: “Near dated UK power contracts have opened 50p/MWh lower this morning as we head into a period of above seasonal normal temperatures despite overnight forecast cooling slightly.”
Wind generation is forecast to remain at around 1GW in the coming days.
“The Dutch interconnector is currently nominated to import around 50% of its capacity and the French interconnector returned to importing 2GW into the UK this morning”, Mr Walker added.