UK GAS-Prompt prices edge higher on lower imports

LONDON, June 1 (Reuters) - Prompt British wholesale gas prices edged higher on Thursday morning as lower imports curbed supply. * British within-day gas price up by 0.60 pence to 37.50 pence/therm at 0840 GMT. * Day-ahead gas price up by 0.20 pence to 37.50 p/therm. * The gas system was almost balanced but traders said lower supplies of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and lower imports from Norway gave support to prices, which were also buoyed by forecasts of low output from Britain's wind farms. * Imports from Norway through the Langeled pipeline were around 24 mcm, down from around 37 mcm the previous day. * "The big surprise is LNG sendout, which fell from 20 mcm/d to just 7 mcm/d," analysts at Thomson Reuters (Dusseldorf: TOC.DU - news) said. * "The loss of LNG tightens our balance and should lead to lower exports with NBP (Shanghai: 601018.SS - news) (National Balancing Point - Britain's gas market) rising to make this possible," the analysts said. * Two LNG tankers are scheduled to arrive in Britain this month so far. * Peak wind power generation is forecast at 3.8 gigawatts (GW) on Thursday, falling to 1.7 GW on Friday, National Grid (LSE: NG.L - news) data showed. * July gas contract up by 0.15 pence to 37.25 p/therm. * Summer 2018 ( TRGBNBPSU8) contract up by 0.15 pence to 40.00 p/therm. * Day-ahead gas price at the Dutch TTF hub flat at 15.30 euros per megawatt hour. * Benchmark Dec-17 EU carbon contract up by 0.06 euro to 5.04 euros per tonne. * Thomson Reuters analyst view: (Reporting By Susanna Twidale; editing by Nina Chestney)

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