N2EX was formed in January 2010 in response to a Power Trading Forum tender aiming to establish a liquid and transparent UK power market providing a robust index price for power. Since that time, N2EX has been jointly operated by NASDAQ OMX Stockholm AB, providing clearing services and Nord Pool Spot operating the physical markets. In its four years of operation, N2EX has grown both in terms of membership and in volume of power traded on its auction – achieving trading volumes approaching 50% of Great Britain day-ahead consumption.
In pursuit of its long term ambition to provide consolidated intraday and day-ahead trading opportunities across multiple markets, Nord Pool Spot will take over N2EX clearing responsibilities for the short-term physical market from NASDAQ OMX. The transfer will effectively replicate in the UK the successful Nordic wholesale power market model, with NASDAQ OMX operating the derivatives markets and Nord Pool Spot the short-term physical market.
NASDAQ OMX will continue to develop the financial power market, where members are able to trade UK futures contracts indexed on the robust N2EX day-ahead auction price.
“NASDAQ OMX Commodities has achieved its objectives with N2EX,” Bjørn Sibbern, Head of NASDAQ OMX Commodities, said. “The day-ahead auction has established itself as the benchmark for UK day-ahead electricity, our technology platforms are proven and the North Western Europe Project has been successfully delivered.
“NASDAQ OMX Commodities will continue its focus on growing its presence in European derivatives, and on UK financial futures contracts which settle versus the N2EX day-ahead auction price. We congratulate Nord Pool Spot on its purchase and wish them well in continuing the success of the N2EX platform.”
Confirming the company’s takeover of N2EX, Mikael Lundin, CEO of Nord Pool Spot, added: “Through our experience in pioneering integrated power markets in the Nordic and Baltic regions, Nord Pool Spot has long understood the significance of the recent North Western European market coupling and the benefits it will bring to N2EX market participants. We are now able to concentrate all our efforts on ensuring our UK market members reap those benefits.
“By taking over N2EX clearing services we will be able to broaden our service offering to the UK market, provide economies of scale, consolidate IT infrastructure and collateral requirements and continue to lower barriers to entry, while continuing to develop a market with greater depth.”
As part of its acquisition of N2EX, Nord Pool Spot will develop a new and improved intraday platform, designed to be harmonized with the European cross border intraday developments. To facilitate this, the current N2EX prompt and intraday markets will be suspended from 1 April 2014, pending the launch of the new intraday market.
Stuart Disbrey, Communications Manager UK, Nord Pool Spot AS, +44 7887 409 044, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara Aadnesen, Director Communication, NASDAQ OMX Commodities, +47 9060 0759, email@example.com
N2EX is the name of the UK power market offering from Nord Pool Spot and NASDAQ OMX Commodities. NASDAQ OMX Clearing is the authorized clearinghouse.
The web site www.n2ex.com provides market information and documentation for the UK power market.
About Nord Pool Spot
Nord Pool Spot operates Europe’s leading power markets, offering both day-ahead and intraday trading to its members. 370 companies from 20 countries trade on Nord Pool Spot’s markets in the Nordic and Baltic regions, and on our UK market N2EX. In 2013 the group had a total turnover of 493 TWh traded power. Our markets are operated from offices in Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Tallinn and London. Nord Pool Spot strives continually to strengthen its business by working with integrity, together with members and stakeholders, to achieve excellence.
For more information, visit www.nordpoolspot.com.
About NASDAQ OMX Commodities
NASDAQ OMX Commodities is the brand name for the NASDAQ OMX Group’s worldwide suite of commodity related products and services. The NASDAQ OMX Commodities offerings include power, natural gas and carbon emission markets and clearing services. NASDAQ OMX Commodities is a trademark of the NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.
NASDAQ OMX Commodities Europe is the trade name of NASDAQ OMX Oslo ASA which is authorized as a commodity derivatives exchange by the Norwegian Ministry of Finance and supervised by the Norwegian Financial Supervisory Authority. All trades with NASDAQ OMX
Commodities Europe are subject to clearing with NASDAQ OMX Clearing.
NASDAQ OMX Clearing is the trade name of NASDAQ OMX Stockholm AB which is authorized and supervised as a multi-asset clearinghouse by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority in Sweden as well as authorized to conduct clearing operation in Norway by the Norwegian Ministry of Finance.
NASDAQ OMX Commodities has nearly 350 members from over 15 countries covering a wide range of energy producers, consumers and financial institutions.
For more information, visit www.nasdaqomxcommodities.com.
Lysaker, 4 March 2014