During new cold snap, a U.S. withdrew a record volume of healthy gas from storage

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During a new cold continue eventuality that influenced most of a eastern United States, some-more healthy gas was cold from storage fields around a nation than during any other indicate in history. Net withdrawals from healthy gas storage totaled 359 billion cubic feet (Bcf) for a week finale Jan 5, 2018, surpassing a prior record of 288 Bcf set 4 years ago.

Illustration by U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Near a finish of Dec 2017 and stability into January, temperatures in a Lower 48 states, generally in a eastern half of a country, were significantly reduce than normal. Similar to Jan 2014, postulated durations of cold temperatures resulted in high healthy gas demand for heating, contributing to increasing withdrawals from storage. Population-weighted heating grade days, that are correlated with heating demand, increasing to 273, indicating that continue was most colder than gifted during a prior record withdrawal, when heating grade days reached 255 for a week finale Jan 9, 2014.

Consumption of healthy gas in a residential and blurb sectors reached 452 Bcf during a week finale Jan 5, compared with 348 Bcf during a prior week, according to estimates from PointLogic Energy. PointLogic Energy estimated that sum weekly healthy gas expenditure in a Lower 48 states increasing by 150 Bcf, reaching 961 Bcf for a week finale Jan 5. Another 29 Bcf and 21 Bcf were exported by tube to Mexico and as liquefied healthy gas (LNG), respectively.

Illustration by U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Freezing temperatures also had an impact on healthy gas production, as cold temperatures led to freeze-offs in a Appalachian and Permian basins. Freeze-offs start when H2O fog in a healthy gas tide freezes and blocks a upsurge of gas. Dry healthy gas prolongation totaled a record high of 539 Bcf during a Dec 29, 2017 news week, though declined to 517 Bcf during a following week, according to estimates from PointLogic Energy.

Pipeline imports from Canada and LNG imports increasing during this period, partially offsetting some of a prolongation declines, while withdrawals of healthy gas from storage played a pivotal purpose in assembly healthy gas direct and tying some marketplace participants’ bearing to spikes in healthy gas mark prices.

On a informal basis, a largest decrease in healthy gas storage was in a South Central region, where inventories fell by 153 Bcf. About half of that region’s decrease was in South Central’s salt fields, that fell by 78 Bcf, or 26% of a prior week’s level. Salt fields are means to cycle gas most some-more rapidly than other storage forms such as depleted fields or aquifers.

Illustration by U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Working healthy gas storage levels now sum 2,767 Bcf in a Lower 48 states. If withdrawals from storage compare a five-year (2013–17) normal for a residue of a heating season, that typically runs by a finish of March, operative gas bonds are approaching to strech 1,310 Bcf, most reduce than a prior five-year normal turn of 1,697 Bcf for a finish of a heating season.

Source: EIA

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