Total supply was up slightly for the week despite a small decrease in dry gas production. According to Bentek estimates, the week’s average total natural gas supply posted a 0.1 percent increase from last week’s level, led by a 3.8 percent increase in imports from Canada, which averaged 5.3 Bcf per day over the period. Imports from Canada stand 0.8 percent below year-ago volumes for the same week. Offsetting these gains were a decrease in domestic weekly dry gas production, which averaged 63.9 Bcf per day, 0.1 percent less than the previous week and 5.2 percent above this time last year. There was also a 5.5 percent decrease in supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) during the week, with sendout averaging 282 MMcf per day; sendout volumes remain 79.2 percent below year-ago levels.
Working natural gas in storage increased to 2,576 Bcf as of Friday, April 27, according to EIA's WNGSR. This represents a net injection of 28 Bcf from the previous week. This week’s injection was 51 Bcf lower than the 5-year (2007-2011) average injection for the same week. During the same week last year, the implied net injection was 60 Bcf, likely due to warmer temperatures. Working inventories are currently 840 Bcf (48 percent) greater than their year-ago levels and 857 Bcf (50 percent) greater than the 5-year average.
Two of the three storage regions posted increases this week. Inventories in the East and West Regions increased by 20 Bcf and 9 Bcf, respectively, while in the Producing Region inventories decreased slightly by 1 Bcf. In the Producing Region, working natural gas inventories decreased 5 Bcf in salt cavern facilities and increased 4 Bcf in nonsalt cavern facilities.
Temperatures in the lower 48 States during the week ending April 26 were 1.1 degrees warmer than the 30-year normal temperature and 1.7 degrees cooler than the same period last year. The average temperature in the lower 48 States was 56.6 degrees, 1.2 degrees higher than the 30-year normal of 55.4. While overall temperatures were about a degree warmer than normal, temperatures varied somewhat by Census Division. The Mountain and the Pacific Regions in the West were particularly warm, averaging 12.0 and 5.9 degrees warmer, respectively, than the 30-year normal. In the South, the South Atlantic and East South Central Regions were particularly cool, averaging 3.1 and 2.4 degrees cooler, respectively, than the 30-year normal, while the West South Central was modestly (0.3 degrees) warmer than normal.