The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported an injection of 111 Bcf natural gas into storage for the week ended Oct. 14. The result marked the fifth consecutive triple-digit increase and continued an autumn trend of narrowing deficits to historic averages.

The build easily surpassed the 73 Bcf five-year average injection and the year-earlier increase of 91 Bcf, initially adding pressure to already slumping Nymex natural gas futures.

Analysts on the online energy platform Enelyst said the stout injection reflected waning shoulder season demand, robust production levels and the added domestic supply benefit resulting from the protracted Freeport LNG outage following a fire in June.

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