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U.S. Onshore Lifts ConocoPhillips, Anadarko, Apache

Onshore drilling efficiencies and multi-pad drilling has begun to tell the tale in North America’s onshore unconventionals, with super independents ConocoPhillips, Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Apache Corp. all reporting stronger-than-ever production.

August 5, 2013

U.S. Natural Gas Price Estimates Move Higher

Fitch Ratings last week raised its U.S. natural gas price deck because even though there has been a shift to liquids targets by exploration and production (E&P) companies, there are slightly better gas fundamentals.

August 5, 2013

Industry Briefs

The six participating planning authorities of theEastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative(EIPC) –ISO New England,New York ISO,Ontario’s Independent Electric System Operator,Midcontinent ISO,PJM Interconnectionand theTennessee Valley Authority– have issued a request for proposals (RFP) to conduct an analysis of natural gas infrastructure and its interfaces with the electric grid within their combined footprints. The Gas-Electric System Interface Study, which is to be completed by mid-2015, “will develop a baseline of the electric and natural gas systems, including their planning, operation and interactions,” EIPC said. “In addition, the study will look at the adequacy of the gas system to satisfy generation needs over five- and 10-year horizons; identify contingencies on the gas and electric systems that could negatively affect the other; and examine the pros and cons of dual-fuel capability for generation versus expanding gas system infrastructure.” Study results are expected to help improve gas-electric coordination to ensure electric system reliability. Intent to bid notices are due by Friday (Aug. 9) and proposals are due Aug. 30. The study would be funded under aU.S. Department of Energygrant.

August 5, 2013

EIA: May U.S. NatGas Output Nearly Flat Year/Year

Production from unconventional wells in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale was strong enough to keep the U.S. gas output total at 81.84 Bcf/d in May, just 0.3% higher than the 81.61 Bcf/d reported in May 2012, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

August 5, 2013


Interior Secretary Sally Jewelland the top leaders on theSenate Energy and Natural Resources Committeeexpressed support forPresident Obama’schoice ofMichael L. Connorto be deputy interior secretary, succeedingDavid Hayes. Since 2009, Connor has been commissioner of Interior’sBureau of Reclamation, and prior to that he served on Capitol Hill. “Mike will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position after two decades in public service working on energy, conservation and water issues,” Jewell said. Since 2009, Connor has been commissioner of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, and prior to that he served on Capitol Hill. If confirmed by the Senate, Connor would be the second highest ranking official at Interior, with statutory responsibility as the COO to help lead a department of more than 70,000 employees and an annual budget of about $12 billion. Connor would continue to serve in his capacity as Interior’s reclamation commissioner, while his nomination is being considered, Jewell said.Sen. Ron Wyden(D-OR), chairman of theEnergy and Natural Resources Committee, andSen. Lisa Murkowski(R-AK), the ranking member of the committee, echoed those sentiments. “Mike Connor is a superb choice to serve as deputy secretary of the Interior,” Wyden said. Murkowski agreed, saying Connor’s “integrity, work ethic and his ability to solve tough resource related issues will make him an asset to the secretary.”

August 5, 2013

Nova Scotia Could Use Straw in Marcellus

Maritimes Canada natural gas consumers should consider taking up to 600 MMcf/d of firm pipeline capacity from the Marcellus Shale to ensure security of supply and avoid the $30.00/MMBtu gas prices seen last winter, ICF Consulting Canada Inc. said in a new study prepared for the Nova Scotia Department of Energy.

August 5, 2013

TVA Calls on FERC to Nix Interruptible Service Rule

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has called on FERC to eliminate a rule for bumping/no-bump of interruptible transportation (IT), which gives IT gas that is already flowing priority over firm transportation (FT) service.

August 5, 2013

TransCanada Pledges Service Continuity in Mainline Conversion

TransCanada Corp. moved Thursday to calm a hornets’ nest of protest among its natural gas customers in Ontario, Quebec and the northeastern United States by making a formal promise to maintain service continuity.

August 5, 2013

Cool Temps, Gas Surplus Send August Bidweek Down 21 Cents

This year’s unseasonably cool summer in parts of the eastern United States and a natural gas supply glut brought on by the country’s shale production boom are continuing to put downward pressure on natural gas prices, as evidenced byNGI’s August Bidweek Survey. The national spot gas average for the month dropped 21 cents from July to average $3.45/MMBtu.

August 1, 2013

Northeast Leads ‘Free Fallin’ July Bidweek

With screen prices at a three-month low it’s no surprise that July bidweek came in a bit soft.NGI’s National Spot Gas Average for July bidweek came in at $3.66, a 48-cent decline from June 2013, but 94 cents higher than the July 2012 bidweek average.

July 1, 2013