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North West Europe Gas System Performance – June 2018

Aurora’s gas system performance report provides a monthly snapshot of key operating characteristics for the European gas market. The key statistics include prices, volumes, trade, suppliers market share, indigenous production flexibility and storage provision for security of supply.

Highlights of our June 2018 report include:

  1. Gas prices: Gas prices rose 45% year-on-year, driven by higher spot demand in Asia.
  2. Consumption: Gas consumption in NW Europe rose by only 3% year-on-year.
  3. Supply: As indigenous production declined by 4%-points year-on-year, Russian pipeline supply increased its market share by 9%-points.
  4. Indigenous production: With the operator of the Groningen field having only limited scope to extract gas before hitting the production cap by the end of September, Dutch production was down 11% compared to May.
  5. Pipeline imports: Additional flows of 1.1 bcm through Nord Stream and 1.3 bcm through the Czech interconnector comprised the majority of the 2.5 bcm increase in Russian pipeline imports year-on-year.
  6. LNG: Driven by lower pipeline imports from the UK in the first 13 days of June, LNG imports into Belgium rose 136% year-on-year.
  7. Storage: Although storage refills increased by 16% year-on-year, injected volumes were 9% lower than in May, consistent with inventories approaching the 5 year minimum.

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