Working gas in storage reverses course, grows

The volume of working gas in storage during the week of Dec. 1, increased for the first time in four weeks, signaling the winter storage season isn’t officially underway.

The Energy Information Administration’s weekly working natural gas survey found at Dec. 1, 3.70 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) was in the ground, up 2 billion cubic feet (Bcf) from the previous week’s total of 3.69 Tcf. (All numbers are rounded.)

The latest total was down 264 Bcf, or 6.7%, from the year-ago total of 3.96 Tcf, and was down 36 Bcf, or 1.0%, from the five-year average of 3.73 Tcf, Kallanish Energy calculates.

Three of the five regions EIA divides the Lower 48 U.S. states into when tracking stored working gas reported a week-to-week drop in gas, one showed no movement, and a fifth region saw an increase in stored working gas.

The South Central Region reported its stored working gas total increased by 21 Bcf, or 1.7%, to 1.24 Tcf, from 1.21 Tcf for the week ended Nov. 24.

The latest South Central Region total was down 129 Bcf, or 9.5%, from the year-ago total of 1.36 Tcf, and was down 3 Bcf, or 0.2%, from the five-year average of 1.24 Tcf.

The Midwest Region recorded the largest week-to-week drop in stored working gas, down 10 Bcf, or 0.9%, to 1.06 Tcf, from 1.07 Tcf.

The latest Midwest total was down 57 Bcf. Or 5.1%, from the year-ago total of 1.12 Tcf, but was up 13 Bcf, or 1.2%, from the five-year average of 1.06 Tcf.

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