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Spot natural gas prices across US drop in November from prior month

  • Author Dyna Mariel Bade
  • Theme Energy

Average natural gas prices for day-ahead delivery in November declined from the prior month to less than the $5/MMBtu benchmark in all regions of the U.S., with the Northeast region recording the smallest monthly drop of less than 1% to a spot gas price index of $4.954/MMBtu.

During the month, the Gulf Coast region saw the highest month-over-month decrease of 7.2% to a spot gas price index of $4.916/MMBtu. The Mid-Continent and West regions, meanwhile, saw month-over-month drops of 7.1% and 6.8%, respectively, to spot gas price indexes of $4.816/MMBtu and $4.877/MMBtu. Still, all of the regions' average natural gas spot price indexes were higher than the levels recorded in the same period a year earlier.

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Year-over-year growth in gas hubs in the Northeast region ranged from 108% to as high as 310% in November. Similar to the prior month, only the Tennessee at Dracut gas hub saw its spot gas price index exceed the $6/MMBtu mark, recording a spot gas price index of $6.035/MMBtu during the month. Meanwhile, all other gas hubs remained above the $4/MMBtu level.

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On the supply side, the U.S. Energy Information Administration in its monthly Drilling Productivity Report released Nov. 15 forecast total shale gas production to rise to approximately 89.38 Bcf/d in December, from 89.15 Bcf/d in November. Among the shale gas-producing regions in the country, only the Anadarko region is expected to see production decline, falling to 6.17 Bcf/d in December from 6.20 Bcf/d in November.

Meanwhile, the EIA anticipates production in Appalachia, the biggest shale gas producing region in the U.S., to increase to about 35.61 Bcf/d in December, from 35.60 Bcf/d in November. The Haynesville region is expected to post the biggest month-over-month production boost to roughly 13.89 Bcf/d in December, from 13.78 Bcf/d in November.

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