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Colder weather drives total US gas use up 18%

Lower temperatures drove weekly U.S. natural gas consumption up 18% in the week that ended Jan. 16 compared to the previous report week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported in its Jan. 17 "Natural Gas Weekly Update."

Total gas use jumped to 97.2 Bcf/d for the report week, compared with 82.3 Bcf/d in the previous week, the EIA reported. Most of the increase in gas consumption was from the residential and commercial sectors, which increased by 30% to 46.9 Bcf/d compared to the previous report week's 36.2 Bcf/d, due to winter weather.

Gas consumption for power generation also saw an increase week over week to 25.3 Bcf/d, compared with 22.3 Bcf/d last week. Industrial gas consumption saw a slight uptick with 25.0 Bcf/d for the week, compared to 23.9 Bcf/d in the previous week.

Eight LNG vessels, with a combined carrying capacity of 28.4 Bcf, left the U.S. from Jan. 10 to Jan. 16, the EIA said, citing shipping data it gathered from Bloomberg. A total of seven tankers left from Cheniere Energy Inc.-owned export terminals, with six leaving from the Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana and one from Corpus Christi in Texas. The remaining tanker left from Dominion Energy Inc.'s Cove Point terminal in Maryland.

Total U.S. natural gas supply increased by about 1 Bcf/d for the week to 94.4 Bcf/d from Jan. 10 through Jan. 16, after the previous week's 93.4 Bcf/d. Average net imports from Canada saw a slight increase during the report week, posting 6.0 Bcf/d compared to the previous week's 5.7 Bcf/d.