Close price: Prices dropped considerably late Thursday just before the Easter weekend. Warmer weather softened prices, while gas flows from Russia into Europe picked up with traders selling off before market close.
Opening price: Prices remain fairly flat from market close prices Thursday. Marginally down on front months. Temperatures forecast throughout this week in the UK has been revised upwards by 3°C
Keeping prices in check are oil prices, which climbed significantly on Monday, adding $5/bbl to the Brent Crude price as Libya announced it was unable to delivery oil from its largest production site due to political protest and unrest.