Russian power futures to launch Q1 2010

Russian power exchange Arena is set to launch new power derivatives contracts by the end of Q1 2010. Rachel Morison reports on the expected implications for power risk hedging

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Although the Russian power market is the world’s fourth largest, at 1,000 billion KWh per annum, it currently lacks a sophisticated futures or derivatives market for players to hedge their risk. It is hoped that the Arena’s Q1 2010 launch of power derivatives contracts will fill this gap.

“Our aim is to provide power market participants – primarily utilities and large retail consumers – with the tools to hedge power price risk,” says Sergei Trofimenko, general director of Arena. “Currently in

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