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James Alston joined Natural Gas Intelligence in 2019 as Senior Vice President of Sales. He has held various business development and sales leadership roles with organizations such as Verizon, T-Mobile and most recently as Director of North America Sales at S&P Global Platts. James received his bachelor's degree in Labor Relations from the Rutgers University.

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Weather Model Volatility Spooks Natural Gas Futures as Winter Storms, Low Storage Drive West Coast Cash

Weather Model Volatility Spooks Natural Gas Futures as Winter Storms, Low Storage Drive West Coast Cash

Natural gas futures strengthened for the third day in a row on Friday as fluctuating weather models left traders not wanting to get caught short ahead of the weekend. The January Nymex gas futures contract closed out the week at $6.245/MMBtu, up 28.3 cents on the day. February futures climbed 26.2 cents to $6.082. Spot…

December 9, 2022
Column: CFE Doesn’t Have Excess Capacity, but Lucrative Position of Opportunity

Column: CFE Doesn’t Have Excess Capacity, but Lucrative Position of Opportunity

Editor’s Note: NGI’s Mexico Gas Price Index, a leader tracking Mexico natural gas market reform, is offering the following column by Eduardo Prud’homme as part of a regular series on understanding this process. Four years have passed since the inauguration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, whose speeches and value judgments permeate all segments of…

December 9, 2022
U.S. Natural Gas Drilling Total Down Two as Upstream Activity Slows

U.S. Natural Gas Drilling Total Down Two as Upstream Activity Slows

The U.S. natural gas rig count fell two units to 153 for the week ended Friday (Dec. 9), and a two-rig drop in oil activity lowered the overall domestic tally four units to 780, according to updated numbers from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). Land drilling declined by three rigs in the United States for the…

December 9, 2022
Europe’s TTF Rises on Winter Signals, While Asia LNG Price Dips on Stable Demand

Europe’s TTF Rises on Winter Signals, While Asia LNG Price Dips on Stable Demand

MEXICO CITY (ICIS) — European gas prices were boosted by forecasts of colder temperatures in Europe, which supported consumption for both domestic and gas-for-power demand.

December 9, 2022
EIA Expects Increase in U.S. Natural Gas Production, Prices Heading Into New Year

EIA Expects Increase in U.S. Natural Gas Production, Prices Heading Into New Year

Driven by associated output from the Permian Basin, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) is raising its forecast for domestic natural gas production in 2023, according to updated projections. EIA’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) calls for U.S. natural gas production to average 100.4 Bcf/d next year, up from its month-earlier forecast for output of 99.7…

December 9, 2022
Natural Gas Forwards Race Higher Out West, But Deep Discounts for Rest of Lower 48

Natural Gas Forwards Race Higher Out West, But Deep Discounts for Rest of Lower 48

Soaring premiums along the West Coast and deep discounts for the rest of the Lower 48 produced a week of varied price action for regional natural gas forwards during the Dec. 1-7 trading period, NGI’s Forward Look data show. Amid reports of a curtailment in volumes flowing through Gas Transmission Northwest’s (GTN) Kingsgate location along…

December 9, 2022
BP, Shell Sign Ownership Restructuring Agreement for Trinidad’s Atlantic LNG Facility

BP, Shell Sign Ownership Restructuring Agreement for Trinidad’s Atlantic LNG Facility

BP plc and Shell plc have agreed to restructure ownership in Trinidad and Tobago’s Atlantic LNG partnership, allowing the country’s state-owned firm to increase its stake while the majors focus on further upstream investments. Under the agreement, the partnership amongst the four-train liquefaction facility would be restructured to allow the state-controlled National Gas Company of…

December 9, 2022

TotalEnergies Withdraws Directors From Novatek in Shift Away from Russia – The Offtake

TotalEnergies SE is withdrawing its representatives on PAO Novatek’s board and said it would stop accounting for its 19.4% stake in the company.

December 9, 2022
Permian Natural Gas Egress ‘Again Becoming Very Tight’ – Could Mexico and Arizona be Part of Solution?

Permian Natural Gas Egress ‘Again Becoming Very Tight’ – Could Mexico and Arizona be Part of Solution?

Although Gulf Coast LNG exports are expected to drive the bulk of U.S. natural gas demand growth in the coming years, Mexico and Arizona could play vital roles in easing natural gas takeaway constraints out of the Permian Basin, according to NGI’s Patrick Rau, director of strategy and research. As evidenced by Waha spot prices…

December 9, 2022
High Demand for New U.S. Liquefaction Projects at Odds with FID Delays – Listen Now to NGI’s Hub & Flow

High Demand for New U.S. Liquefaction Projects at Odds with FID Delays – Listen Now to NGI’s Hub & Flow

With much of Europe continuing to scramble to secure adequate natural gas supplies in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the resulting ramifications, LNG is seen as a leading solution to help solve the global energy crisis, which experts believe could continue for the next two to three years until new global…

December 9, 2022