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EU Gas Prices Soar On NS2 Delays, Sudden Belarus Pipeline Closure

EU Gas Prices Soar On NS2 Delays, Sudden Belarus Pipeline Closure

European natural gas prices continue to soar after Nord Stream 2 pipeline delays…

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EU Gas Prices Soar On NS2 Delays, Sudden Belarus Pipeline Closure

European natural gas prices continue to soar after Nord Stream 2 pipeline delays were seen earlier this week, and now a major crude pipeline from Russia into Europe has temporarily halted flows due to “unscheduled repairs.” 

The newest market generated information pushing up European natgas prices to the highest levels in a month is due to a Belarus portion of the Druzhba oil pipeline system carrying Urals crude from Russia to Europe has temporarily halted flows to address “unscheduled repairs,” the Russian energy export giant Transneft wrote in a statement. 

“Unscheduled repairs were started on one of the branches of the Druzhba oil pipeline, limiting the flow in the direction of Poland for approximately three days, while the planned target for the month is not being revised,” Transneft spokesman Igor Demin said.

Gomeltransneft, the operator of the Belarusian section, said maintenance began on Nov. 16. “Starting from yesterday, Gomeltransneft has started an unplanned maintenance at one of the lines of the Druzhba pipeline, having restricted [crude] pumping towards Adamowa Zastawa [in Poland] tentatively for three days, but the plan for the month is not revised,” a Transneft spokesman said. 

Druzhba is one of the largest pipeline networks in the world that carries a mix of heavy sour oil of Urals and light oil of Western Siberia, where its network splits in two and pumps the crude into a northern section, Poland and Germany, and a southern area, Ukraine to Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Hungary.

The unscheduled repairs, restricting flows, come days after Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko threatened to cut the transit gas supply from Russia to Europe over a migrant crisis at the Belarus-Poland border.

Compound that with the approval process for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline now delayed

As Katabella Roberts writes at The Epoch Times, Germany’s energy regulator the Bundesnetzagentur announced on Tuesday that it has suspended the certification process for a major new pipeline connecting the country and Russia, after ruling that its operator within Germany does not comply with conditions set by German law.

The watchdog said on Tuesday it had temporarily halted the certification process because the Swiss company behind Nord Stream 2 had decided not to turn itself into a German company but had instead set up a subsidiary under German law to deal with the section of the pipeline on German territory.

The Swiss-based consortium first needs to form a German subsidiary company under German law to secure an operating licence, the regulator said.

“Nord Stream 2 AG, which is based in Zug (Switzerland), has decided not to transform its existing legal form but instead to found a subsidiary under German law solely to govern the German part of the pipeline. This subsidiary is to become the owner and operator of the German part of the pipeline. The subsidiary must then fulfil the requirements of an independent transmission operator as set out in the German Energy Industry Act,” the Bundesnetzagentur said in a statement.

“Following a thorough examination of the documentation, the Bundesnetzagentur concluded that it would only be possible to certify an operator of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline if that operator was organised in a legal form under German law,” the German regulator said.

…and the Dutch month-ahead gas, the European benchmark, is up at least 33% this week. 

For a sense of the scale of Europe’s gas price crisis, the following chart puts UK, US, and EU NatGas on par with WTI Crude (per barrel of oil equivalent BTUs), As is clear, there is a huge energy disparity between gas in Europe, providing more incentives for switching again (but not helped by Belarus now shutting its oil pipeline).  

The timing of the Druzhba maintenance and delay of the Nord Stream 2 certification process comes at the worst possible moment. Europe faces a massive energy crunch as natgas stockpiles are the lowest in a decade, just as Europe faces its first cold winter blast. Widespread below-average temperatures continue to plague parts of the continent, as the following chart of NW Europe Heating Degree Days shows.

Meanwhile, Europe’s natgas storage levels are the lowest since 2013.

These unexpected delays or hiccups to crude and natgas flows from Russia to Europe are ahead of the first cold blast of the season, as energy inflation and supply chain disruptions due to the energy crisis and pandemic could metastasize into a “winter of discontent,” fueling socio-economic instabilities across Europe. 

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New Zealand cash rates – the canary in the coal mine?

My son, Angus, ventured into the Sydney residential market at the beginning of the year acquiring a small apartment, with what I considered to be an enormous…

My son, Angus, ventured into the Sydney residential market at the beginning of the year acquiring a small apartment, with what I considered to be an enormous loan from one of the Big Four. At the time the fixed four-year home loan rate was around 1.95 per cent per annum. Today, the advertised rate has jumped 1.0 per cent per annum to around 2.95 per cent. This reflects the Australian four-year Government Bond yield moving up from 0.20 per cent at the beginning of 2021 to the current 1.32 per cent.

The likely response to this change from property buyers today is that a much higher proportion of their mortgage will be attributed to a variable home loan. This rate typically reflects the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) cash rate, and at 0.10 per cent per annum it is currently at a record low, and well below the “emergency low” of 3.0 per cent per annum implemented during the Global Financial Crisis (6 months to September 2009).

Across the ditch, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) has raised its official cash rate for the second time in two months by 0.25 per cent to 0.75 per cent per annum to counter growing inflation, which hit 4.9 per cent in the September 2021 quarter, and is expected increase to 5.7 percent in the March 2022 quarter.

RBA vs RBNZ cash rate

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Markets are currently pricing in five more 0.25 per cent increases by the RBNZ over the next twelve months to a targeted 2.0 per cent per annum. Will New Zealand be seen as a canary of the coal mine moment given inflation has become a global problem? Only time will tell, however if cash rates happen to jump by 1.5 per cent and this filters through into the rate for variable home loans. The tailwinds currently being enjoyed by asset owners (with debt) – close to nil interest rates – could easily become headwinds.

The US inflation figure for October 2021 hit 6.2 per cent, a 30 year high.  Selected CPI subcategories saw the following 12 month changes: Beef +24 per cent, gasoline +51 per cent, natural gas +28 per cent and used cars and trucks +26 per cent. The UK was not far behind, with an inflation rate of 4.2 per cent for October.

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Global supply chain bottlenecks and shifting consumer demand from services to goods could well be transitory, but as the Founder of Bridgewater Associates, Ray Dalio, warns, “raging inflation” is eroding people’s wealth today – particularly those who have their money in cash.




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Dow Jones, the S&P 500, and Nasdaq price forecast after sell-off on Friday

Wall Street’s three main indexes ended sharply lower on Friday as news of a new COVID variant worried investors around the world. The World Health Organization…

Wall Street’s three main indexes ended sharply lower on Friday as news of a new COVID variant worried investors around the world.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday designated a new COVID-19 variant detected in South Africa, and a lot of people didn’t want to hold risk assets on Monday morning or are afraid of what that could look like Monday morning.

Markets are reacting negatively because it is unknown at this point to what degree the vaccines will be effective against the new strain and would it initiate new lockdowns around the world. David Kotok, chairman and chief investment officer at Cumberland Advisors, added:

All policy issues, meaning monetary policy, business trajectories, GDP growth estimates, leisure, and hospitality recovery, the list goes on, are on hold. The new strain may complicate the outlook for how aggressively the Federal Reserve normalizes monetary policy to fight inflation.

The new Omicron coronavirus is detected in Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Israel, Belgium, Botswana, Denmark, Hong Kong, and Australia for now.

Britain has already imposed travel restrictions on southern Africa, while the European Commission is considering suspending travel from countries where the new variant has been identified.

The upcoming week will be busy, and investors will pay attention to Fed Chair Jerome Powell and U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s appearance before Congress to discuss the government’s COVID response on November 30.

S&P 500 down -2.3% on Friday

 S&P 500 (SPX ) weakened by -2.3% on Friday and closed the week at 4,594 points.

Data source: tradingview.com

If the price falls below 4,500 points, it would be a strong “sell” signal, and we have the open way to 4,300 or even 4,200 points.

The upside potential remains limited for the week ahead, but if the price jumps above 4,650 points, the next target could be around 4,700 points.

DJIA down -2.5% on Friday

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) weakened -2.5% on Friday and closed the week below 35,000 points.

Data source: tradingview.com

The Dow Jones Industrial Average remains under pressure as news of a new COVID variant worried investors worldwide.

The current support level stands at 34,500 points, and if the price falls below this level, the next target could be around 34,000 points.

Nasdaq Composite down -2.2% on Friday

Nasdaq Composite (COMP) has lost -2.2% on Friday and closed the week at 15,491 points.

Data source: tradingview.com

The strong support level stands at 15,000 points, and if the price falls below this level, it could be a sign of a much larger drop.

Summary

Wall Street’s three main indexes ended sharply lower on Friday after the news that the World Health Organization designated a new COVID-19 variant detected in South Africa. All policy issues go on hold currently, and investors will pay attention to the government’s COVID response on November 30.

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Wind Power Becoming too Cheap for Industry to Sustain Itself

The price of generating wind power has gotten so low, that companies may soon be unable to invest in additional
The post Wind Power Becoming too Cheap…

The price of generating wind power has gotten so low, that companies may soon be unable to invest in additional technologies for the sector.

According to major turbine-making company Siemens Gamesa, the cost of wind power has recently dropped to such a low level that it can finally challenge the fossil fuel industry, mostly due to an abundance of investments in renewable energy. “What we’ve clearly achieved is that wind power is now cheaper than anything else,” said the company’s CEO Andreas Nauen as quoted by Reuters.

However, Nauen warned that “we shouldn’t make it too cheap,” because it could hinder the influx of additional investments in the green space. Across Europe, both wind and solar are substantially cheaper that natural gas, coal, and even nuclear power. And, with governments’ strong ambitions to adopt a climate friendly agenda, the demand for wind turbines has reached a record-high; but, the relatively lower prices and increased competition have also eroded away at producers’ margins.

“We have probably driven it too far,” said Nauen, adding that if prices continue to decline, the sector won’t be able to invest in further innovations. To make matters worse, accelerating global inflation for raw materials, coupled with supply shortages, also threatens to squeeze turbine makers’ margins. Moreover, governments around the world have begun eliminating generous wind subsidies in favour of more competitive contracts submitted by the lowest bids.

“We need to change auction systems in the future,” said Nauen, suggesting that local job creation should be governments’ top priority, rather than just the lowest price.


Information for this briefing was found via Reuters. The author has no securities or affiliations related to this organization. Not a recommendation to buy or sell. Always do additional research and consult a professional before purchasing a security. The author holds no licenses.

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