Total supply for the report week was up slightly. Bentek estimates that supply was up slightly for the report period. U.S. gross and dry natural gas production rose by 0.8 percent over last week. Production for the week is 2.4 percent above last year’s levels. Canadian imports were essentially flat, increasing by 0.3 percent for the report period: imports in the West are up, imports in the Midwest are down, and imports in the Northeast are near zero. LNG imports, a very small contributor to U.S. supply, decreased by 0.9 percent.
Working natural gas in storage increased to 1,734 Bcf as of Friday, April 19, according to EIA's WNGSR. This represents an implied net injection of 30 Bcf from the previous week. The 5-year average and year-ago stock changes for the week were implied net injections of 50 Bcf and 43 Bcf, respectively. Inventories are currently 807 Bcf (31.8 percent) less than last year at this time and 94 Bcf (5.1 percent) below the 5-year average of 1,828 Bcf.
Two of the three storage regions posted increases this week. Inventories in the East and Producing regions increased by 21 Bcf (the 5-year average net injection is 28 Bcf) and 11 Bcf (the 5-year average net injection of 16 Bcf), respectively, while the West region posted a decline of 2 Bcf (compared to the 5-year average net injection of 6 Bcf). In the Producing region, working natural gas inventories increased 8 Bcf (4.5 percent) in salt cavern facilities and increased 2 Bcf (0.4 percent) in nonsalt cavern facilities.
Temperatures during the storage report week were 0.7 degrees warmer than the 30-year normal temperature and 1.6 degrees cooler than the same period last year. Temperatures in the Lower 48 states averaged 53.7 degrees, compared to 55.3 degrees last year and the 30-year normal of 53.0 degrees. While overall temperatures were less than a degree warmer than normal, temperatures varied somewhat across Census divisions. The West North Central Census division in the Midwest and the Mountain Census division in the West were relatively cool, averaging 7.9 and 4.6 degrees cooler, respectively, than the 30-year normal. In the South, the South Atlantic and East South Central Census divisions were relatively warm, averaging 6.9 and 5.0 degrees warmer, respectively, than the 30-year normal. Heating degree-days nationwide were 1.1 percent above normal and 16.7 percent above last year.