MOSCOW, 10 Oct – PRIME. Exchange prices for gas in Europe, after falling to about $1,450 for the first time since the end of June, rose by 0.9% to close trading on Monday, to almost $1,600 per thousand cubic meters, according to data from the London-based ICE exchange.
Monday’s next trades – with delivery in November – futures on the TTF index opened with a decrease of almost 6%, at around $1,490 per thousand cubic meters. The price low was $1,448.8 (-8.5%) and the high was $1,733.4 (+9.5%). The latest futures traded at $1,597.7 (+0.9%). The dynamics is based on the settlement price on Friday, the previous trading day – 1582.9 dollars per thousand cubic meters.
Current gas prices are several times higher than last year, when gas prices were already at record levels.
The average settlement price of the nearest futures in September fell to $2,093 (-14.6% on a monthly basis). In May, the figure was $1,030, in June it was almost $1,180 (+14.6%), and in July it was about $1,805 (+53%). In August, the price slightly exceeded $2,450 (+35.7%), which was a record in the history of gas hubs in Europe since 1996.
But back in early March, gas prices in Europe, due to fears of a ban on the import of Russian energy resources, updated their historical highs for four days in a row. The price record of $3,892 per thousand cubic meters was reached on March 7. The last explosive growth, at the end of August, was associated with the announcement of Gazprom about the suspension of the Nord Stream gas pipeline for three days for scheduled maintenance.