Buoyed by production gains in Louisiana, Texas and other states, Lower 48 natural gas output rose 1.1% in November -- the latest month for which production figures are available -- compared to October, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported.
Gas production in the Lower 48 was pegged at 66.52 Bcf/d in November, up from 65.81 Bcf/d in October, the EIA said in its "Monthly Natural Gas Gross Production Report." Lower 48 output accounted for the bulk of November's domestic production of 76.05 Bcf/d, which was up 1.1% from the 75.25 Bcf/d in October.
Louisiana production, which tumbled slightly in October, rose by 5% in November to 6.96 Bcf/d, representing the largest percentage gain of the producing states as it continued to add wells in the Haynesville Shale. Texas, which remains the single largest gas-producing state in terms of volume, turned in production of 21.05 Bcf/d in November, after falling by 0.5% in October.
Alaska production rose by only 1% to 9.53 Bcf/d in November, following a steep increase of 7.2% in October. Wyoming saw a 1.3% gain in production to 6.76 Bcf/d in November, according to the EIA. Oklahoma production remained steady at 5.01 Bcf/d, while New Mexico saw a slight increase in production by 1.1% to 3.79 Bcf/d in November.
All the remaining states combined -- excluding the large gas-producing states -- had total production of 17.23 Bcf/d, up 1.4% from October 2010.
Offsetting the production increase in the Lower 48, the EIA reported that natural gas output in the federal Gulf of Mexico dropped 3.9%, or 0.23 Bcf/d, to 5.72 Bcf/d in November, compared to a small gain of 0.3% in October. The EIA attributed the production decline in the Gulf to platform maintenance and pipeline repairs.
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