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46-Bcf weekly gas storage injection falls short of 5-year average

Storage operators injected a net 46 Bcf into natural gas inventories in the Lower 48 during the week to Aug. 3, missing the five-year-average injection of 53 Bcf, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported.

The injection brought total Lower 48 working gas supply to 2,354 Bcf, or 671 Bcf below the year-ago level and 572 Bcf below the five-year average.

By region:

* In the East, storage levels grew 23 Bcf on the week at 575 Bcf, 14% below a year earlier.

* In the Midwest, stockpiles rose 27 Bcf at 579 Bcf, down 25% from a year ago.

* In the Mountain region, storage levels grew 2 Bcf at 148 Bcf, down 27% from a year earlier.

* In the Pacific region, stockpiles fell 5 Bcf at 245 Bcf, down 16% from the year before.

* In the South Central region, inventories were down 1 Bcf at 807 Bcf, 26% under the year before.

Of that total, 200 Bcf was in salt cavern facilities and 607 Bcf was in non-salt-cavern facilities. Working gas stocks dropped 1% in salt cavern facilities from the week before and rose 0.5% in non-salt-cavern facilities.