Natural gas storage sees higher-than-forecast draw of 217 bcf last week

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Natural gas storage sees higher-than-forecast draw of 217 bcf last week
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By Barani Krishnan -- Utilities drew a higher-than-forecast 217 bcf, or billion cubic feet, from U.S. natural gas storage for heating and electricity generation last week, according to government data that helped support the market above the 2½-year lows of the previous session.

Analysts tracked by had expected the EIA, or Energy Information Administration, to report a draw of 195 bcf for the week ended Feb. 3, above the consumption of 151 bcf seen in the prior week to Jan. 27.

By 10:45 ET (15:45 GMT), some 15 minutes after the release of the storage report, the front-month March gas contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange’s Henry Hub was up 4.9 cents, or 2.1%, at $2.445 per mmBtu, or metric million British thermal units.

March gas fell to $2.367 on Wednesday, a low not seen in a front-month gas contract on the hub since Sept. 28, 2020, when it went down to $2.02.

An unusually warm start to 2022/23 winter has led to considerably less heating demand in the United States versus the norm, leaving more gas in storage than initially thought.

At the close of last week, U.S. gas storage stood at 2.366 tcf, or trillion cubic feet, up 10.9% from the year-ago level of 2.249 tcf, EIA data showed.

Responding to the warmth and lackluster storage draws, gas prices plunged from a 14-year high of $10 per mmBtu in August, reaching $7 in December and mid-$2 levels this week amid forecasts for bitter cold here and there.

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  • Jignesh Thakkar @Jignesh Thakkar
    bought report keeps crying no demand will users get heavy gas bills
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