Friday, May 20, 2016

Natural Gas: EIA Weekly Supply/Demand Report

Soon to roll off June's 2.065 +0.026; July 2.222 +0.027.

From the Energy Information Administration:
Henry Hub spot price falls. The Henry Hub spot price fell by a dime, from $2.01/MMBtu last Wednesday to $1.91/MMBtu yesterday. On warm spring weather and unusually high storage levels, most other market locations saw similar movements. At the Chicago Citygate, prices fell substantially, from $2.01/MMBtu to $1.83/MMBtu Wednesday to Wednesday. At the PG&E Citygate in California, the spot price fell by a similar increment, from $2.12/MMBtu to $1.94/MMBtu over the period.

Northeast prices fall. At the Algonquin Citygate, which serves Boston-area consumers, prices fell sharply over the report period, from $2.06/MMBtu last Wednesday to $1.75/MMBtu yesterday, falling below the Henry Hub Price. At Transcontinental Pipeline's Zone 6 trading point for New York, prices fell from $1.56/MMBtu last Wednesday to $1.40 yesterday.

Marcellus prices also fall. Marcellus-area prices fell over the week. The Tennessee Zone 4 Marcellus price fell slightly from $1.38/MMBtu last Wednesday to $1.32/MMBtu yesterday. The price at Dominion South in northwest Pennsylvania fell by 18¢, ending the week at $1.36/MMBtu.

Nymex near-month prices down. At the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex), the June 2016 contract price fell significantly, from $2.173/MMBtu last Wednesday to $2.001/MMBtu yesterday. Similarly, the 12-month strip, which averages the June 2016 through May 2017 Nymex contracts, fell from $2.691/MMBtu to $2.525/MMBtu over the report week.

Open season announced for large pipeline project in the Northeast. Williams has announced an open season on the Transco Northeast Supply Enhancement Project, which would send up to 0.4 Bcf/d of natural gas from York County, Pennsylvania, to the Rockaway Transfer Point near New York City. The company is targeting the 2019-20 heating season for completion.

Supply and demand data source changes. EIA's supply and demand information in the Natural Gas Weekly Update will be based on a different data source starting this week. With this new source of information EIA can share estimates of volumetric levels for natural gas supply and demand each week, rather than just percentage differences from the previous week and for the same time a year ago.

Supply flat. According to data from PointLogic, average total supply for the report period remained flat at 82 Bcf/d. Dry production averaged 74 Bcf/d for the week, while net imports from Canada accounted for 6 Bcf/d of supply.

Consumption up. Data from PointLogic also show that average consumption for the period increased by 2%. Residential/commercial consumption increased 4% week on week. This week, power burn rose 3%, industrial consumption rose 1%, and exports to Mexico rose 2%.

U.S. LNG exports. Natural gas pipeline receipts to the Sabine Pass liquefaction terminal averaged 0.6 Bcf/d this report week, 5% higher than last week. Since Sabine Pass terminal began commercial operations on May 3, two cargoes were exported from the terminal, on May 10 and May 13. There is one inbound cargo en route to dock at the terminal on May 28.
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Storage: Working gas stocks continue to climb. Working gas in the Lower 48 states posted its fifth consecutive week of net injections, at 73 Bcf for the week ending May 13. Net injections into storage this week are significantly lower than the five-year average and lower than last year's injections. The five-year average net injections into storage is 91 Bcf, while last year's net injection was 98 Bcf. Working gas stocks could finish the cooling season near the record high, which was in 2015, when working gas stocks totaled 3,931 Bcf, following a summer with normal temperatures. Working gas stocks are 795 Bcf above the five-year average and 791 Bcf above last year at this time.

The 2016 refill season remains well behind the pace of recent injection seasons. Cumulative net injections into working gas total 274 Bcf thus far in the 2016 refill season, compared with the five-year average (2011-15) of 353 Bcf and last year's tally of 491 Bcf during the same period. Despite the slow start to the refill season, working gas stocks remain near record-highs for this time of year because they ended the 2016 withdrawal season at a record high. Working gas stocks as of last Friday were 65 Bcf above the previous five-year (2011-15) maximum of 2,689 Bcf for this time of year, which occurred in 2012. This surplus over the 2012 refill season record level increased for the fourth consecutive week....MUCH MORE 
Mean Temperature Anomaly (F) 7-Day Mean ending May 12, 2016