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EUROPE GAS-Dutch prices firm as supply dangers stick around

May 27 - Dutch wholesale gas rates increased on Monday morning as better gas flows from Norway and windier weather projections failed to settle nerves over larger supply issues.

The benchmark front-month contract at the Dutch TTF center was up 0.63 euros at 34.38 euros per megawatt hour ( MWh) at 0907 GMT, according to LSEG data.

The July agreement was up 0.60 euros at 34.75 euros/ MWh while the day-ahead contract got 0.15 euros to 34.43 euros/MWh.

The British market was closed on Monday since of a. legal holiday.

Gas seems to be in a bullish trend given that April. No evidence. of it stopping yet, one trader stated.

The trend was likely to have actually been supported by a build up in. long placing and multiple threat elements, including the. possibility that Austrian energy company OMV might lose its. Russian gas products.

Another aspect was an outage at Brunei LNG, an essential provider. to Asia, the trader said.

Strong gas need in Asia in the middle of a heatwave and supply issues. are most likely to keep upward pressure on international gas rates, which. are connected through competition for melted natural gas. ( LNG), said ANZ commodities strategist Daniel Hynes.

Closer to home, Norwegian gas supply on Monday was up 11. million cubic metres (mcm) each day from Friday after upkeep. at the Oseberg field and Kollsnes processing plant ended over. the weekend, LSEG analyst Ulrich Weber stated.

The wind forecasts have developed quite favorably over the. weekend, so that suggests less need for gas for power, he added.

At the same time, lower solar power generation balanced out some. of this impact, Weber said.

In the European carbon market, the benchmark agreement. was up 1.08 euros at 76.69 euros a metric ton.