Working natural gas in storage increased to 3,006 Bcf as of Friday, June 15, according to EIA’s WNGSR. This represents an implied net injection of 62 Bcf from the previous week. This week’s injection was 25 Bcf below the 5-year (2007-2011) injection of 87 Bcf, and 28 Bcf below last year’s injection of 90 Bcf. Since April 27, injections of working natural gas into underground storage have fallen short of both year-ago levels and the 5-year average, although stocks remain well above historical levels. Inventories are currently 680 Bcf greater than last year at this time and 641 Bcf greater than the 5-year average.
Injections in all three of the storage regions were below the five-year average. The East region injected 37 Bcf (compared to the 5-year average of 58); the West injected 11 Bcf (compared to the 5-year averaged of 14); and the Producing region injected 14 Bcf (compared to the 5-year average of 16). In the Producing region, stocks increased 4 Bcf in salt cavern facilities and 10 Bcf in non-salt cavern facilities.
Temperatures during the storage report week were slightly warmer than both the 30-year normal and last year’s temperatures. Temperatures in the lower 48 States averaged 71 degrees, compared to 70.6 last year and the 30-year normal of 69.6. The warmest area of the country was the West South Central Census division (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas), where temperatures averaged 80.1 degrees.