Record Withdrawal – Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report

LNG, Record Natural Gas Withdrawl

Following a round of freezing temperatures in most of the Eastern US, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported Thursday morning that U.S. natural gas stocks decreased by 359 billion cubic feet for the week ending January 5. This is the largest one-week storage withdrawal on record and it is effecting natural gas prices.

Analysts were expecting a storage withdrawal of around 318 billion cubic feet. The five-year average for the week is a withdrawal of 170 billion cubic feet, and last year’s storage withdrawal for the week totaled 136 billion cubic feet. Natural gas inventories fell by 206 billion cubic feet in the week ending December 29.

Total U.S. stockpiles fell week over week to 13% below last year’s level and are now also 12% below the five-year average.

The EIA reported that U.S. working stocks of natural gas totaled about 2.767 trillion cubic feet, around 382 billion cubic feet below the five-year average of 3.149 trillion cubic feet and 415 billion cubic feet below last year’s total for the same period. Working gas in storage totaled 3.182 trillion cubic feet for the same period a year ago.

The overall demand for the next week is forecast to be in the “high” range and another record withdrawal is possible.

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Natural gas is one of the oldest power sources in the United States, ever since it started powering Baltimore’s streetlights in 1816.

A quick overview of the natural gas market –

from the Motley Fool

Natural gas is a global commodity, particularly as heating fuel. As the world’s population grows, global demand continues to rise. There’s an abundant supply of record gas being produced to meet that demand, but it’s only produced in key regions. In the U.S., the top natural gas producer in the world, that’s mostly shale formations in Appalachia or the West. Oil and natural gas are often found together, so most natural gas production companies are also oil companies.

Natural gas can travel by train or truck, but it usually follows a network of pipelines and storage terminals, with separate infrastructure for “dry gas” (gas in its gaseous form) and natural gas liquids (NGLs) like propane. It can also be converted into liquefied natural gas (LNG) and shipped overseas.

International transportation issues can make natural gas prices particularly susceptible to geopolitical tensions, but exploiting the chronic shortage of transportation infrastructure relative to demand can pay off for natural gas companies. The companies that handle natural gas transportation and storage are often referred to as “midstream” companies.

Gas prices tend to be cyclical, and in the U.S. they’re usually measured by the Henry Hub spot price: the cost of a million BTUs of natural gas at the Henry Hub on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast. This makes gas stocks somewhat resilient to oil price volatility.

Compiled and Published by GIB KNIGHT

Gib Knight is a private oil and gas investor and consultant, providing clients advanced analytics and building innovative visual business intelligence solutions to visualize the results, across a broad spectrum of regulatory filings and production data in Oklahoma and Texas. He is the founder of, an online resource designed for mineral owners in Oklahoma.

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