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El Paso Permian at all-time low as maintenance strands natural gas in production areas

Houston — An equipment failure on an El Paso Natural Gas Pipeline in New Mexico is stranding gas in the Permian Basin and prices there plummeted Monday to an all-time low.

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El Paso Permian dropped $1.31 on the day and was trading at 20 cents/MMBtu.

EP Permian cash basis widened to negative $2.65/MMBtu after averaging negative $1.11/MMBtu in the year so far. Spot prices averaged 71 cents below Henry Hub during the same time last year.

S&P Global Platts began assessing EP Permian on December 28, 1990. The last time it was assessed at a lower price than on Monday was March 30, 2001, when it came in at zero cent/MMBtu on a day when no trades were seen.

The previous low was 41 days ago on February 4 when prices settled at 40.5 cents/MMBtu.

According to the company's website equipment failures at the Lordsburg and Florida compressor stations will reduce capacity through the L2000 constraint to 384,700 dekatherms, or 66% of the usual capacity of 584,700 Dth - leading EPNG to declare a force majeure until further notice.

The reduction in capacity comes at a time when warmer weather has moved into Southern California which dampened demand to 2.7 Bcf Monday after averaging nearly 3 Bcf over the previous seven days.

-- Veda Chowdhury, veda.chowdhury@spglobal.com

-- John DeLapp, john.delapp@spglobal.com

-- Edited by Richard Rubin, newsdesk@spglobal.com

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