Both the total demand for and supply of natural gas in the U.S. remained effectively flat week over week as of Aug. 14, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration in its Aug. 15 "Natural Gas Weekly Update."
Gas consumption in the country totaled 71.0 Bcf/d, a slight increase from 70.7 Bcf/d in the previous report week, the EIA reported.
Consumption by the power sector ticked up to 41.4 Bcf/d from 41.2 Bcf/d a week ago. Residential and commercial use also inched higher to 8.6 Bcf/d from 8.3 Bcf/d in the prior week. However, consumption by the industrial sector slipped to 21.0 Bcf/d from 21.2 Bcf/d.
Total U.S. demand — including Mexico exports, pipeline fuel use or losses, and LNG pipeline receipts — slightly fell to 86.6 Bcf/d from 86.8 Bcf/d.
U.S. LNG exports also dropped week over week as seven LNG vessels bearing a total of 25 Bcf left the U.S. between Aug. 8 and Aug. 14, the EIA reported, citing shipping data compiled by Bloomberg. In the previous week, eight LNG vessels carrying a total of 29 Bcf departed the country.
The seven tankers included five that came from Cheniere Energy Inc.'s Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana and one from the company's Corpus Christi terminal in Texas. The other one left from Dominion Energy Inc.'s Cove Point terminal in Maryland.
Gas supply marginally increased to 96.0 Bcf/d from 95.9 Bcf/d a week earlier. Marketed and dry gas production also rose this week, standing at 102.6 Bcf/d and 91.7 Bcf/d, respectively, compared to 102.3 Bcf/d and 91.4 Bcf/d a week ago. Average net imports from Canada dipped to 4.2 Bcf/d from 4.4 Bcf/d.
Net injections into storage for the week ended Aug. 9 were 49 Bcf, remaining steady over the five-year average, but increased from 35 Bcf recorded during the same week in 2018. Working gas stocks were 2,738 Bcf, 111 Bcf lower than the five-year average, but 357 Bcf higher than the same week a year earlier.