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Natural gas use in the U.S. rose by 10% during the week ended Jan. 8 as seasonally cold temperatures persist, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in its "Natural Gas Weekly Update" released Jan. 9.

U.S. gas consumption averaged 93.5 Bcf/d for the week ended Jan. 8, up from the 84.8 Bcf/d noted a week ago. Residential and commercial demand climbed to 41.6 Bcf/d, from the 36.0 Bcf/d seen a week prior. Demand in the power sector averaged 27.2 Bcf/d, increasing from the 24.5 Bcf/d noted last week. Industrial demand also nudged higher with 24.7 Bcf/d noted for the week, up from the 24.2 Bcf/d posted a week ago.

Total demand, which includes Mexico exports, pipeline fuel use or losses, and LNG pipeline receipts, came in at 114.1 Bcf/d, rising from the 104.3 Bcf/d reported during the previous week.

Citing data compiled by Bloomberg, the EIA said 19 LNG vessels with a capacity of 68 Bcf left the U.S. between Jan. 2 and Jan. 8.

Of the 19 vessels, eight came from Cheniere Energy Inc.'s Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana, five from the Freeport LNG Development LP terminal in Texas, two from Cheniere's Corpus Christi terminal in Texas, two from Dominion Energy Inc.'s Cove Point LNG facility in Maryland and two from the Cameron LNG LLC terminal in Louisiana.

Total U.S. gas supply for the week ended Jan. 8 averaged 100.4 Bcf/d, up from the 99.8 Bcf/d noted a week ago. Marketed and dry production for the week averaged 108.8 Bcf/d and 95.9 Bcf/d, respectively, down from the 109.2 Bcf/d and 96.3 Bcf/d posted a week prior. Net imports from Canada also increased with 4.4 Bcf/d seen for the week, compared to the 3.4 Bcf/d recorded during the previous week.

During the week ended Jan. 3, net withdrawals from storage came in at 44 Bcf, down from the five-year average pull of 156 Bcf and the 81 Bcf withdrawal seen during the same period a year ago. Working gas stocks totaled 3,148 Bcf, up 74 Bcf from the five-year average and 521 Bcf higher than the corresponding period in 2019.