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Boost in demand from all sectors sends US gas use higher by 7%

Natural gas consumption in the U.S. rose by 7% during the week ended Dec. 4, owing to higher demand across all covered sectors, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's "Natural Gas Weekly Update" released Dec. 5.

U.S. gas demand averaged 89.6 Bcf/d for the week ended Dec. 4, up from the 83.5 Bcf/d reported for the week prior. Residential and commercial demand provided a boost, averaging 38.6 Bcf/d for the week, compared to the 34.1 Bcf/d seen a week ago.

Demand in the power sector clocked in at 26.6 Bcf/d for the period, increasing from the 25.1 Bcf/d noted during the previous week. Industrial demand increased marginally at 24.4 Bcf/d for the week, compared to the 24.3 Bcf/d noted for the week ended Nov. 27.

Total demand, which includes Mexico exports, pipeline fuel use or losses, and LNG pipeline receipts, was reported at 109.5 Bcf/d, increasing from the 102.9 Bcf/d seen a week ago.

Ten LNG vessels with a capacity of 36 Bcf left the U.S. between Nov. 28 and Dec. 4, the EIA reported, citing shipping data compiled by Bloomberg.

Of the 10 vessels, five came from Cheniere Energy Inc.'s Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana, two from Cheniere's Corpus Christi terminal in Texas, one from Dominion Energy Inc.'s Cove Point LNG facility in Maryland, one from the Cameron LNG LLC terminal in Louisiana, and one from Freeport LNG Development LP terminal in Texas.

Total U.S. gas supply averaged 100.6 Bcf/d, up slightly from the 100.0 Bcf/d seen a week prior. Marketed and dry production averaged 109.8 Bcf/d and 96.7 Bcf/d, respectively, down from the 110.0 Bcf/d and 96.8 Bcf/d noted a week ago. Net imports from Canada increased to 3.7 Bcf/d for the week, rising from the 3.1 Bcf/d reported for the previous week.

During the week ended Nov. 29, net withdrawals from storage totaled 19 Bcf, down from the five-year average pull of 41 Bcf and much lower than the 62 Bcf withdrawal reported during the corresponding period a year ago. Working gas stocks totaled 3,591 Bcf, down 9 Bcf from the five-year average but 591 Bcf higher than the same period a year prior.