After finishing flat a day earlier, Natural gas futures mustered new momentum on Friday, ending the week in positive territory as mid-range forecasts for more heat outshined persistently weak demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) amid fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
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Rains and relatively mild temperatures across much of the eastern half of the Lower 48, along with festering fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, curbed weekly spot gas prices for the June 15-19 period.
After pleading guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter and another count of starting a deadly fire in Paradise, CA in 2018, the sentencing of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) on Thursday was anticlimactic, with the court only imposing a fine of about $3.4 million. A restitution hearing is scheduled for early next year.
Mirage Energy Corp. has signed a $4 billion debt facility with the family office of Bluebell International to develop a natural gas project that would add cross-border capacity into Mexico and connect to the planned Permian Basin-to-Gulf Coast Whistler pipeline.
Natural gas futures traded in a narrow range of gains and losses Thursday and ultimately finished flat after traders absorbed a relatively bullish storage report that offset weather and demand uncertainty. The July Nymex contract settled at $1.638/MMBtu. August rose one-tenth of cent to $1.728.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported an injection of 85 Bcf natural gas storage for the week ending June 12, a reading that was in line with the averages of major polls.
The impact fees paid by Pennsylvania’s unconventional natural gas producers in 2019 declined by 20% year/year to about $200.4 million, a drop that was primarily because of lower prices, according to the state Public Utility Commision (PUC).
Forecasts for modestly increasing heat and a lower inventory build report offset enduring uncertainty about liquefied natural gas (LNG) demand, helping natural gas futures post gains Wednesday and ending a drubbing that cost the July contract nearly 20 cents over the prior three trading sessions.
With much of the supply/demand background fairly stable, weak natural gas cash pricing drove a deep dive lower for forward markets during the June 11-17 period, NGI’s Forward Look data show. Double-digit decreases extended across North America through the rest of summer, though smaller losses were seen further out the curve.
FERC has issued a notice of inquiry (NOI) on its proposed index level used to calculate annual changes to interstate oil pipeline rate ceilings for the next five years, beginning July 1, 2021.