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Jodi Shafto

Jodi Shafto joined NGI as a Senior Natural Gas Reporter in October 2023. Before that, she was a business news reporter for South Carolina's largest daily newspaper, The Post and Courier, and was a Senior Energy Markets Reporter at S&P Global Market Intelligence. Based out of Charleston, Jodi has covered US energy markets since 2005 as a reporter, editor and analyst. A New Jersey native, she holds a BS in Journalism from Bowling Green State University.

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Planning Said Essential for Natural Gas Utilities Lacking Pipeline Capacity to Move Supply to Market

Planning Said Essential for Natural Gas Utilities Lacking Pipeline Capacity to Move Supply to Market

In a natural gas market where abundant supplies and a lack of demand have depressed prices, the scarcity of pipeline capacity has added to the complexity for buyers who must ensure daily deliverability to customers, a panel of executives said recently. “When you talk about supply and demand in pricing, I have been in the…

April 23, 2024
West Texas Clawing Back as Volatile Week Ends with Natural Gas Prices Still Lower; Futures Slip

West Texas Clawing Back as Volatile Week Ends with Natural Gas Prices Still Lower; Futures Slip

Struggles defined the weekly natural gas cash market as prices bounced between gains and losses amid seasonal factors including fickle weather and maintenance activity.  NGI’s Weekly Spot Gas National Avg. for the April 15-19 period ultimately lost 7.5 cents to $1.135/MMBtu. Meanwhile, the May Nymex futures contract jumped early in the week after reports of…

April 19, 2024
Hurricane Season Said to Potentially Test ‘Operational Limits’ of Natural Gas Storage, Infrastructure

Hurricane Season Said to Potentially Test ‘Operational Limits’ of Natural Gas Storage, Infrastructure

Foreseeable risks from swelling natural gas inventories and an active hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin could bring more volatility to commodity prices in the coming months, a market expert said this week at an industry conference. The looming threat of hurricanes, which forecasters are predicting to be more frequent this season, will be “an…

April 19, 2024
Natural Gas Futures Prices Seeking Support to Break from ‘Horizontal Channel’

Natural Gas Futures Prices Seeking Support to Break from ‘Horizontal Channel’

Prompt-month natural gas futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex) neared $2.00/MMBtu last week but failed to push beyond a $1.943 Wednesday intraday high. With technical and fundamental support lacking, the front month headed lower on Monday, slipping 7.9 cents to settle at $1.691, and was trading marginally flat Tuesday morning. “The May Nymex…

April 16, 2024
DeLa Express Joins Rush to Add Permian Natural Gas Takeaway Capacity

DeLa Express Joins Rush to Add Permian Natural Gas Takeaway Capacity

DeLa Express LLC is seeking to construct a 2 Bcf/d interstate pipeline to help ease the glut of natural gas trapped in the Permian Basin.  The independent energy infrastructure company, an affiliate of Houston-based Moss Lake Partners LP, in early April asked FERC to begin the prefiling review for a 42-inch diameter, 690-mile pipeline.  The…

April 15, 2024
Natural Gas Trims Early Gains as Market Eyes Storage Build Outlook — MidDay Market Snapshot 

Natural Gas Trims Early Gains as Market Eyes Storage Build Outlook — MidDay Market Snapshot 

Natural gas futures, which had initially shown promising gains because of favorable production and export trends, remained only marginally positive at midday. Market focus shifted towards the upcoming storage report and the implications of mild weather forecasts.   Here is the latest: May Nymex futures at $1.881/MMBtu as of 2:36 p.m. ET, up nine-tenths of a…

April 10, 2024
Natural Gas Prices Said Still Too Low for E&Ps to Bring On More Production

Natural Gas Prices Said Still Too Low for E&Ps to Bring On More Production

U.S. natural gas exploration and production (E&P) companies have reduced output in response to high inventories and the low price environment, but now the query is, when might production return? Price will tell, according to analysts. Lower 48 natural gas output has fallen below 100 Bcf/d, down from record highs around 107 Bcf/d early this…

April 10, 2024
‘Overheated’ Natural Gas Futures Setting Up for Possible Breakout

‘Overheated’ Natural Gas Futures Setting Up for Possible Breakout

Prompt-month natural gas futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex) tested key resistance but failed to push beyond the $1.906/MMBtu high early last week.  The front-month contract was taking another stab at the upside on Monday, gaining 5.5 cents by midday to $1.840 from a $1.785 settlement ahead of the weekend. “May has done…

April 8, 2024
Enterprise Ramps Up Permian Natural Gas Processing; Summit Tests Support to Add Double E Capacity

Enterprise Ramps Up Permian Natural Gas Processing; Summit Tests Support to Add Double E Capacity

Enterprise Product Partners LP has begun service at the Mentone 3 cryogenic natural gas processing plant in West Texas, one of several steps midstream companies are taking this year to add sorely needed takeaway capacity from the Permian Basin. Enterprise’s third processing plant in the Permian’s Delaware sub-basin has a nameplate capacity of 300 MMcf/d…

April 4, 2024
Natural Gas Futures’ Rally Stalls, Cash Climbs as Market Caught Between Changing Fundamentals

Natural Gas Futures’ Rally Stalls, Cash Climbs as Market Caught Between Changing Fundamentals

After a three-day rally, Nymex May natural gas futures vacillated between gains and losses Wednesday. The contract reached a $1.906/MMBtu intraday high before settling at $1.841, down 2.1 cents day/day. At A Glance: May futures slip 2.1 cents Storage report potentially supportive  Cash prices up on near-term chill NGI’s Spot Gas National Avg. was up…

April 3, 2024
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