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The European gas price cap continues to take shape. The EU Commission has now drawn up a price cap in a key issues paper. This is to apply to transactions based on the Dutch price index TTF, which are concluded for the following month. Manuel Berkel has analyzed the as yet unpublished paper.
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Here’s how the gas price cap is supposed to work
The Commission has drawn up key points for a price cap in gas trading. It is to apply to transactions concluded in the following month, based on the Dutch TTF price index. This price plays a key role as a reference on the European wholesale market for gas, writes the EU Commission in an as yet unpublished paper, which the ambassadors of the member states discussed on Wednesday and which has been made available to Europe.Table (link to the document).
However, the cap is only to take effect if there are no price jumps in the global LNG market. This is to ensure that the EU continues to import liquefied gas.
The paper does not yet specify a concrete price ceiling for the market correction mechanism. However, the “extraordinary price increase in Aug. 2022” could serve as a guide when setting it. Back then, the TTF price for gas supplies in December climbed up to €350 per megawatt hour, but on Wednesday the index was only about €125.
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