MOSCOW, August 30 – PRIME. Gas futures prices in Europe fell by 6.5% by the close of trading on Tuesday, to almost $2,635 per thousand cubic meters, according to data from the London-based ICE exchange.
The nearest futures (according to the index of the largest European hub TTF) opened trading at $2,864.4 per thousand cubic meters (+1.7%). The minimum of trades was 2536.9 dollars (-10%), and the maximum was 2933.6 dollars (+4.2%). By the close, prices were down 6.5% to $2,634.2. The dynamics of quotations is based on the settlement price of the previous day – $ 2,815.9 per thousand cubic meters.
The day before, exchange gas prices in Europe closed trading with a drop of 17%, stopping at a close slightly above $2,900 per thousand cubic meters.
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 latest increase in prices on European gas markets was due to uncertainty about gas supplies. On August 19, Gazprom announced that Nord Stream, due to scheduled maintenance of the only working gas pumping unit at the Portovaya compressor station, would stop for three days, from August 31 to September 2 inclusive.
Futures contracts for the supply of gas in September (under TTF) jumped almost 8% after this news, above $2,700 per thousand cubic meters, and last week exceeded $3,500 for the first time since March.