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Title: The evaluation of gas sales agreements
Author: Dong, Wenfeng
ISNI:       0000 0004 7657 5812
Awarding Body: University of York
Current Institution: University of York
Date of Award: 2018
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A gas sales agreement, also called a gas swing contract, is an agreement between a supplier and a purchaser for the delivery of variable daily quantities of gas, between specified minimum and maximum daily limits, over a certain number of years at a strike price. The main constraint of such an agreement is that there is a minimum volume of gas for which the buyer will be charged at the end of the year, regardless of the actual quantity of gas taken. For multiple year contracts, there are also features called the make-up and carry-forward banks which add another level of complexity to the analysis. We propose a framework for pricing such multiple year contracts where both the gas price and strike price are stochastic processes. With the help of a two-dimensional trinomial tree, we are able to price such swing contracts with both make-up and carry-forward banks, and find the optimal daily decisions and the optimal yearly usage of the make-up and carry-forward banks. We also provide a detailed analysis of the different features that these contracts possess. Furthermore, another feature, called the indexation principle, is popular in real markets, under which the strike price is called the index. In each month, the value of the index is determined by the weighted average price of some energy products in the previous month. We design a lattice-based algorithm to price such swing contracts and find optimal daily decisions by using graphics processing units. Since the least-squares Monte Carlo method is well-known to handle sophisticated models, such as multi-factor models, models with regime-switching, or models with jumps, we build this method for the pricing of gas sales agreements and analyze the performance of it, especially the impacts of explanatory variables. With the help of concrete numerical examples, various features of such contracts with indexation are demonstrated.
Supervisor: Kang, Boda ; Brzezniak, Zdzislaw Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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