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Monday, January 23, 2017 - 6:00 AM
Total US demand reached 86.4 Bcf/d today, a build of 5 Bcf/d from Sunday and 8 Bcf/d from Saturday. Most of the day-on-day rise came from the ResComm sector, which climbed 3.8 Bcf/d from Sunday. The Northeast and Midcon Market regions drove most of this increase, rising 2.3 Bcf/d and 1.7 Bcf/d, respectively. The Southeast was the next biggest ResComm contributor, rising 0.8 Bcf/d. LNG exports increased 0.2 Bcf/d from Sunday to reach 2.2 Bcf/d Monday. Total US supply rose 0.1 Bcf/d on the day, as a 0.2 Bcf/d increase in imports from Canada helped to offset a small production decline. The majority of the production decline stemmed from the Northeast, and was spread across several areas. The Appalachian WV sample saw the largest decline at 35 MMCf/d, with most of this stemming from the Sherwood processing plant on Columbia Gas.
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 6:00 AM
Total Midwest demand averaged 12.2 Bcf/d over the weekend, its lowest point since mid-November when a mild start to the winter heating season allowed Midwest storage levels to break above 1 Tcf. Saturday saw total demand in the Midwest drop to 11.5 Bcf/d, the lowest it has been during the month of January since January 2013. The tepid demand over the weekend caused storage withdrawals in the region to fall to an average 1.3 Bcf/d after averaging over 7 Bcf/d through the first 20 days of the month. Total storage inventories in the Midwest are now hovering just below 670 Bcf, approximately 60 Bcf below this time last year but 20 Bcf above five-year averages. Given the current weak demand forecast through the rest of the week, the Midwest inventory deficit compared with last year should continue to decrease.
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 5:50 AM
West demand averaged 11.7 Bcf/d over the weekend, 1.1 Bcf/d below the prior seven-day average as temperatures warmed considerably late last week in the Northwest. After increasing day on day by 0.8 Bcf/d to 12.6 Bcf/d Monday, demand in the West may jump as high as 14 Bf/d by Wednesday. Temperatures in the southwest are forecast to bottom at 47.7 degrees Fahrenheit Wednesday, representing a a 7.5 F difference from the five-year average and 3.5 F below Monday's forecast. SoCal citygate basis fell nine cents into the weekend, the largest drop in the West but was after system sendout hit a record mark this winter-to-date at 3,842 MMcf/d on Friday. SoCal Gas has Low OFOs in effect for Evening and ID1 cycles on gas day 23 as well as a issuing a Curtailment Watch and Advisory for the same day, urging all end-users and residential customers to voluntarily reduce consumption. SoCal Gas sendout hit 4,033 MMcf/d Monday, the highest since January 6, 2015.

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EIA Storage Comparison

Indices Chg Date
TX Intra Flow™ 2272 BBtu -47.82% 04/27
Gulf Production™ 6.2 BBtu -8.82% 04/22

Weekly Storage Forecast*

01/06-01/12 Week
01/13-01/19 Forecast Week
BENTEK EIA Forecast
East -62 -59 TBD
Midwest -70 -70 TBD
South Central -85 -85 TBD
Mountain -12 -14 TBD
Pacific -16 -15 TBD
Total -245 -243 N/A

Weekly forecast is available to subscribers on Tuesday morning. 

* All storage numbers are in BCF

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