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Power burn drives US gas demand higher, supply holds flat in week to July 13

TotalU.S. natural gas demand was bolstered by stronger power burn during the weekended July 13, while supply held flat, the U.S. Energy InformationAdministration said in its latest "Natural Gas Weekly Update" released July 14.

Overallgas consumption in the U.S. rose from an average of 59.1 Bcf/d in the priorweek to 62.0 Bcf/d in the current review period to reflect a 5% gain week on week,attributed to a boost in power-sector gas demand during the report period.

Naturalgas demand for electric generation increased by 9% from the week-ago level,from an average of 32.3 Bcf/d to 35.2 Bcf/d, and accounted for more than halfof overall consumption during the review period. Consumption in the industrialand residential/commercial sectors was unchanged week on week at averages at19.5 Bcf/d and 7.3 Bcf/d, respectively, while exports to Mexico were down 3%versus the prior-week level as the average slid from 3.7 Bcf/d to 3.6 Bcf/d.

TotalU.S. natural gas supply remained constant week over week at an average at 79.7Bcf/d. Dry natural gas production remained the same as in the previous week atan average at 73.1 Bcf/d. Net imports from Canada notched a 1% decline on theweek as the average slipped from 6.4 Bcf/d to 6.3 Bcf/d, while LNG pipelinedeliveries that averaged at 0.2 Bcf/d during the review period reportedlyincreased versus the prior-week level but remained a small contributor to overallsupply.

Naturalgas pipeline flows to the Sabine Pass liquefaction terminal during the week inreview that averaged at about 0.7 Bcf/d were 1% higher than in the prior week,the EIA reported.

Interms of inventories, the latest storage data from the EIA outlined a net64-Bcf build for theweek ended July 8 that was below both the 95-Bcf addition to stocks reportedfor the same week in 2015 and the 77-Bcf five-year average injection. Thereported injection took overall inventories to 3,243 Bcf, or 507 Bcf above theyear-ago level and 586 Bcf above the five-year average of 2,657 Bcf.