MOSCOW, 6 Oct — PRIME. Exchange prices for gas in Europe closed trading on Thursday with a drop of almost 5%, just below $1,700 per thousand cubic meters, according to the London ICE exchange.
Thursday trading futures contracts on the TTF index opened in positive territory, at around 1802.6 dollars per thousand cubic meters (+1.4%). During the day traded without a single dynamics. The price low was $1,687.3 (-5.1%), the high was $1,861.9 (+4.7%), and the closing price was $1,693 (-4.8%). The dynamics is based on the estimated price of the previous trading day – $1,778 per thousand cubic meters.
The average settlement price of the nearest futures in September fell to $2,093 (-14.6%). In May, the figure was $1,030, in June it was almost $1,180 (+14.6% on a monthly basis), 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.
International sanctions have affected the decline in Russian gas exports to Europe. Due to non-payment of gas under the new scheme in rubles, Gazprom stopped deliveries to Bulgargaz to Bulgaria, PGNiG to Poland, Gasum to Finland, Gas Terra to the Netherlands, as well as Shell Energy Europe to Germany and Orsted to Denmark. Deliveries along the main route, Nord Stream, as well as along Yamal-Europe, have ceased, and the Ukrainian gas transmission system has significantly decreased.
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. Quotes jumped above 3500 dollars per thousand cubic meters and updated historical records of the settlement price several times.