According to Reuters, French gas grid operator GRTgaz has announced that a force majeure in Algeria and tensions in the global gas market were reducing deliveries of LNG to southern France, just as winter demand for heating intensifies.
Deliveries to the Fos-sur-Mer terminal were at about 40 GWh per day, compared with the 70 GWh per day needed to meet increased winter demand for power and heating.
The low deliveries at Fos and congestion on the pipeline linking France's northern and southern gas hubs has led to the widening of the spread between prices in the two regions as prices in the south hit new highs.
The day-ahead contract in the southern hub fell 10.81% to US$35 per megawatt-hour (MWh) on 17 January, while the price in the north fell by over 19%.
Trouve announced that the current prices in the south are competitive with prices in Asia, and attractive to operators who would like to deliver cargoes to southern France and southern Spain where supply was tight as well.
The force majeure is in place after Algeria's Skikda LNG facility, which is used for deliveries to French and European markets, went into a scheduled maintenance operation.
The facility should restart soon.
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