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According to data from the London Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), natural gas contracts in the European Union increased by up to 18% on Tuesday.
Gas futures for July delivery at the TTF hub in the Netherlands hit an intraday record of roughly €47.6 ($52.1) per megawatt-hour in residential prices, or $539.7 per thousand cubic meters.
Analysts relate the hike to a predicted rise in temperatures, which will certainly raise demand for cooling. Furthermore, labor strikes at three major gas facilities controlled by Chevron and Woodside Energy are expected to disrupt Australian supplies. Potential walkouts might have an impact on as much as 10% of worldwide LNG exports.
Though EU buyers rarely purchase Australian natural gas, the region would need to compete with Asian consumers for replacement cargoes.
“Preliminary talks between the unions and the LNG projects’ shareholders did not result in any breakthroughs,” Leo Kabouche, an LNG analyst at Energy Aspects in London told Bloomberg. “A full resolution is unlikely to be reached without the full support of the Offshore Alliance, and recent social media posts from the union indicate that we are still some way away from this.”
While the EU’s gas inventories are substantially above the seasonal average, the region remains exposed to potential delays in key producers’ summer maintenance plans, such as Norway.
Since August 2022, EU gas prices have been progressively falling. Cost savings were attributed to full storage inventories and consistent LNG supplies. Furthermore, the region made it through the winter thanks to rather mild weather. According to reports, EU storage facilities were 72.8% full as of June 13.