U.S. Exports Hit New High And Natural Gas Storage Figures For This Week

by: HFIR Energy


We anticipate this week's storage report to show +90 Bcf.

A storage report of +90 Bcf would be compared to +58 Bcf last year and +63 Bcf for the five-year average.

LNG exports rebound pushing US gas exports above 7 Bcf/d.

Welcome to the natural gas storage forecast edition of Natural Gas Daily!

We expect a +90 Bcf change in the storage report for the week ended Sept. 8. A storage report of +90 Bcf would be compared to +58 Bcf last year and +63 Bcf for the five-year average.

Source: ICE

Our storage forecast is currently 1 Bcf higher than the ICE settlement report of +89 Bcf.

We saw no change to our storage forecast from last Friday. Physical balance did deteriorate versus the week prior, and the drop in LNG demand materially worsened the weekly injection figure.

Over the last two-days, natural gas has recovered the sell-off we saw from last Friday. We noted that last week's Friday was the result of uncertainty from Hurricane Irma and traders forcing stops.

In today's fundamental news, US gas exports once again breached the 7 Bcf/d level thanks to a surge in LNG exports.

Source: HFI Research

This has pushed overall US gas exports back above 7 Bcf/d.

Source: HFI Research

Implied balance this week as a result have been equally messy as last week. Lower 48 production is increasing versus last week thanks to Rover operating at capacity, and demand drop due to Irma continues to weigh on physical balances.

However, the good news is that weather forecasts currently point to "normal" temperatures for the second-half of September, so we expect storage injections to fall below the 5-year average.

Overall, we expect a bearish relative storage injection figure for the week ending 9/8. Physical balance is improving, which should support natural gas prices going forward.

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