The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Thursday reported an injection of 103 Bcf into natural gas storage for the week ended Sept. 16. The result exceeded analysts’ expectations and soothed market concerns about ample supplies for the coming winter, keeping pressure on Nymex natural gas futures.

The build marked the largest of the year, topping by one tick the only other triple-digit increase to date in 2022. EIA reported a 102 Bcf injection for the week ended June 3.

Ahead of the 10:30 ET EIA report, the October natural gas futures contract was down 15.1 cents at $7.628/MMBtu. The prompt month dropped further to around $7.494 when the EIA data was released.

By 11 a.m. ET, the October contract stood at $7.580, off 19.9 cents from the prior day’s...