Theweekly natural gas inventory report to be released by the U.S. EnergyInformation Administration at 10:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, May 5, is expected toshow natural gas inventories climbing at a slower rate than the previous weekas another surge of colder weather impacted natural gas demand.
Thesurvey of analysts and traders leading up to the release of the latest EIAfigures outlines a net change for the review week ranged from a 56-Bcfinjection to as much as a 75-Bcf build, with a consensus expectation for astorage improvement of 66 Bcf. At consensus expectations, the injection wouldbe slightly above the five-year average build of 64 Bcf and would be below the77-Bcf injection reported for the same week in 2015.
Thestorage addition would reflect a week that saw 13.6% fewer heating degree dayscompared to the same week in 2015 and 2.9% more than normal, according toNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration degree day data for the week toApril 30, as cooler weather returned to major heat-consuming regions.
Inthe previous data,the EIA reported a net 73-Bcf injection into natural gas inventories in theLower 48 during the week ended April 22 that was above consensus expectationsbut below the prior-year injection.
Whilebelow the 84-Bcf injection reported for the same week in 2015, last week'sstorage injection compared better against the five-year average injection of 52Bcf and brought total U.S. working gas supply to 2,557 Bcf, some 870 Bcf abovethe year-ago level and 832 Bcf above the five-year average storage level of1,725 Bcf.
Theinjection anticipated in this week's data would result in a total working gassupply at 2,623 Bcf. The year-on-five-year-average surplus would climb to 834Bcf, while the surplus to the year-ago level would be trimmed to 859 Bcf.
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