The December bidweek national average natural gas price rose 70 cents to $3.17/MMBtu, with prices in the US Northeast seeing the biggest increases, according to Inside FERC's Gas Market Report Thursday.
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The December bidweek price at benchmark Henry Hub rose 46 cents to average $3.23/MMBtu.
That came as the NYMEX December gas futures contract expired at $3.232/MMBtu, up 46.8 cents from the November contract's close of $2.764/MMBtu.
In the Northeast, Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Zone 6 New York increased $1.96/MMBtu to average $3.87/MMBtu as expectations for colder temperatures and stronger heating demand drove prices higher.
In premium New England markets, prices rose even more sharply as Algonquin Gas Transmission city-gates prices climbed $2.27 to $4.73/MMBtu.
In the Northeast producing regions, Dominion, Appalachia December prices climbed $1.28 to $2.40/MMBtu.
In the Upper Midwest, prices advanced, with Chicago city-gates rising 44 cents to average $3.25/MMBtu. Upstream, Rockies Express Zone 3 prices climbed 50 cents to $3.21/MMBtu.
In the Midcontinent, December prices saw similar increases as the Panhandle pricing point rose 50 cents to average $3.04/MMBtu.
Further west in the Rockies, Northwest Pipeline Rockies was up 37 cents to average $2.99/MMBtu.
Along the West Coast, Southern California Gas December prices jumped 71 cents to $3.41/MMBtu.
Elsewhere in the region, Pacific Gas & Electric city-gates climbed 31 cents to average $3.56/MMBtu.
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