LONDON, March 27, 2019
LONDON, March 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- ICIS, the leading provider of pricing and market intelligence for the global energy, chemicals and fertilizer sectors, has enhanced its European natural gas market coverage with the introduction of new price assessments for the Ukrainian natural gas market.
The addition of two price assessments – one for Ukraine's domestic virtual trading point (UAVTP) and the other based on the price of supply at Ukraine's border from neighbouring EU countries – in the European Spot Gas Market (ESGM) daily report, will provide additional transparency to a market that has the potential to develop into an important trading area.
Over 40 international and domestic companies imported gas into Ukraine in the last quarter of 2018, according to ICIS data, increasing the need for robust reference prices. ICIS has already brought pricing visibility to the neighbouring Austrian, Hungarian, Czech and Slovakian markets, with the Ukrainian assessments adding to the suite of information.
"Market participants in Ukraine and in other European markets are keen to see trading liquidity grow," said Ben Wetherall, Head of Gas & LNG at ICIS. "The launch of ICIS' independent price assessments is the latest step in Ukraine's transition from a gas transit country to a reliable trading partner that is closely integrated into EU market structures."
The independent price assessments and indices published by ICIS are some of the most widely traded and referenced benchmarks across the European gas market.
The UAVTP and Ukraine border price assessments will initially cover the month-ahead contract, which will be published on a daily basis. This will complement ICIS' pricing of other European gas hubs, enabling participants to manage risk with confidence.
The inaugural UAVTP month-ahead price on 25 March 2019 was assessed at €17.298/MWh, placing it a premium of €3.135/MWh to the Dutch TTF assessment, the most widely referenced European hub.
As Ukraine is now at an important crossroad, holding the first round of presidential elections on 31 March, ICIS has produced an insight paper which reviews the progress made in energy market reforms over the past five years, and assesses the potential challenges ahead. To view a free copy of the market insight, ''Ukraine 2019 Elections: What Next for Market Reforms" click here.
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Head of Gas & LNG
Editor, European Spot Gas Markets