Total consumption for the report week registered an overall decrease, with slightly higher residential/commercial sector demand being offset by decreases in other sectors. According to estimates from BENTEK Energy LLC (Bentek), domestic natural gas consumption declined by 1.6 percent from last week, driven by a decrease of 2.7 percent in power sector consumption. Industrial and residential/commercial sector consumption ended the week relatively unchanged down 0.4 percent and up 0.2 percent, respectively. For the power sector, consumption exceeded levels for the same week last year by 15.7 percent.
Total supply for the week was essentially unchanged, registered an overall increase of 0.1 percent. According to Bentek estimates, domestic weekly dry gas production was also 0.1 percent lower than the previous week (although 4.0 percent above the same time last year). Imports from Canada rose by 2.7 percent, with increases in shipments to the northeast and midwest offsetting declines in the west. For the week, imports from Canada stand only 0.2 percent above year-ago volumes. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) sendout dropped sharply, down 19.8 percent from last week; sendout volumes remain well below (23.3 percent) year-ago levels.
Working natural gas in storage increased to 3,163 Bcf as of Friday, July 13, according to EIA's WNGSR. This represents an implied net injection of 28 Bcf from the previous week. This week's injection was 46 Bcf below the 5-year (2007-2011) injection of 74 Bcf, and 39 Bcf below last year's injection of 67 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 509 Bcf greater than last year at this time and 470 Bcf greater than the 5-year average.
All three storage regions posted increases this week.Inventories in the East, West, and Producing Regions increased by 23 Bcf (with the 5-year average net injection of 54 Bcf), 4 Bcf (with the 5-year average net injection of 10 Bcf), and 1 Bcf (with the 5-year average net injection of 11 Bcf), respectively. In the Producing Region, working natural gas inventories decreased 4 Bcf in salt cavern facilities and increased 5 Bcf in nonsalt cavern facilities.
Temperatures during the storage report week were 3.3 degrees warmer than the 30-year normal temperature and 0.6 degrees warmer than the same period last year. Temperatures in the lower 48 States averaged 78.1 degrees, compared to 77.6 last year and the 30-year normal of 74.9. During the week, all regions were warmer than normal, particularly the East North Central and Middle Atlantic Census divisions, which averaged 5.6 and 4.1 degrees, respectively, warmer than the 30-year normal.