Total consumption for the report week registered an overall decrease, with a drop in power sector demand offsetting modest gains in other sectors. According to estimates from BENTEK Energy LLC (Bentek), domestic natural gas consumption fell by 1.1 percent from last week, driven by a 5.0 percent decline in consumption from the power generation sector. Consumption increased in both the residential/commercial and industrial sectors, which ended the week up 1.6 percent and 1.4 percent, respectively.
Total supply was essentially unchanged for the week, registering an overall increase of 0.3 percent, reflecting a small increase in dry gas production. According to Bentek estimates, domestic weekly dry gas production was 0.2 percent higher than the previous week (and 4.1 percent above the same time last year). Imports from Canada, too, rose only modestly, with increases in shipments to the West and Northeast being mostly offset by a decline in the Midwest. For the week, imports from Canada stand 8.4 percent below year-ago volumes. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) sendout during the week rose 14.3 percent, however sendout volumes remain 56.8 percent below year-ago levels.
Working natural gas in storage increased to 2,548 Bcf as of Friday, April 20, according to EIA's WNGSR. This represents a net injection of 47 Bcf from the previous week. This week’s injection matched the 5-year (2007-2011) average injection for the same week. Last year the implied net injection was 35 Bcf, likely because of warmer temperatures during the same week last year. Working inventories are currently 872 Bcf (52%) greater than their year-ago levels and 908 Bcf (55%) greater than the 5-year average.
All three storage regions posted increases this week. Inventories in the East Region increased by 42 Bcf; inventories in the West, by 4 Bcf; and inventories in the Producing Region, by 1 Bcf. In the Producing Region, working natural gas inventories decreased 5 Bcf in salt cavern facilities and increased 5 Bcf in the nonsalt cavern facilities.
Temperatures in the lower 48 States during the week ending April 19 were 4.1 degrees warmer than the 30-year normal temperature and 3.7 degrees warmer than the same period last year. The average temperature in the lower 48 States was 57.6 degrees, 4.2 degrees higher than the 30-year normal of 53.4. During the week all regions with the exception of the West were warmer than normal. The New England and the Middle Atlantic Regions in the Northeast were particularly warm, averaging 11.0 and 8.9 degrees warmer than normal, respectively. In the West, the average temperature in the Pacific Region was cool, averaging 1.1 degrees cooler than normal, while in the Mountain Region the average temperature was normal.