Natural gas forward prices pushed modestly higher at the front of the curve during the March 14-20 trading period, particularly in the Northeast and Appalachia, data from NGI’s Forward Look show.

Meanwhile, spring contracts at hubs near the congested Permian Basin struggled under the weight of weak near-term fundamentals.

Fixed prices for April delivery at benchmark Henry Hub added 4.1 cents week/week to exit the period at $1.704/MMBtu. Modest front month fixed price gains were the norm for most of the Lower 48.

West Texas Woes

With the market awash in supply exiting an exceptionally mild winter, and amid reports of downstream pipeline constraints, associated gas from the oily Permian has struggled to find takers recently. Regional spot prices illustrate the lack of...