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Weekly Natural Gas Prices Climb Higher on Strong Seasonal Demand

Weekly Natural Gas Prices Climb Higher on Strong Seasonal Demand

Weekly cash market prices ratcheted up across much of the Lower 48, led higher by strong cooling demand in California and swaths of the East. NGI’s Weekly Spot Gas National Avg. for the July 27-30 period jumped 13.5 cents to $1.755. Trading on Friday (July 31) was for gas delivered on Monday (Aug. 3). For…

July 31, 2020
August Natural Gas Futures Bounce Back Despite Mixed Views on Weather, Export Demand

August Natural Gas Futures Bounce Back Despite Mixed Views on Weather, Export Demand

August natural gas futures rebounded Tuesday amid news of continued robust exports to Mexico and a varied weather outlook that anticipates cooler near-term conditions but potential for heat to intensify in coming weeks. Analysts cautioned trading would be choppy ahead of the September contract becoming the front month on Thursday. The August Nymex contract rose…

July 28, 2020
Cooler Forecasts and Broader Demand Concerns Weigh on August Natural Gas Futures

Cooler Forecasts and Broader Demand Concerns Weigh on August Natural Gas Futures

Absent other demand catalysts, a modest pullback in the intensity of heat expected by forecasters was enough to push down August natural gas futures Increased spread of the coronavirus in recent weeks has raised concerns about a second economic slump Against that backdrop, worries about meager export levels linger Absent other demand catalysts, a modest…

July 21, 2020
Canada’s Wobbling Oil, Liquids Production Seen Achieving Only Modest Recovery into 2021

Canada’s Wobbling Oil, Liquids Production Seen Achieving Only Modest Recovery into 2021

After declining by 20% this spring in part on the Covid-19 pandemic, Canadian oil and natural gas liquids production will only achieve partial recovery into the first half of 2021, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The Covid-19 pandemic and unstable commodity prices lopped 1.1 million b/d off 2019 supplies of 5.5 million…

July 16, 2020
North America Likely Taking Biggest Hit from Pullback in Global Oil, Gas Drilling

North America Likely Taking Biggest Hit from Pullback in Global Oil, Gas Drilling

The number of oil and natural gas wells likely to be drilled around the world this year is forecast to hit its lowest level since at least the early 2000s, with North America the most impacted from slumping demand in the age of Covid-19. An analysis by Rystad Energy issued on Tuesday pegged the number…

July 14, 2020
Moderately Cooler Forecasts Enough to Drive Down August Natural Gas Futures

Moderately Cooler Forecasts Enough to Drive Down August Natural Gas Futures

Though intense heat remains in the cards for the balance of summer, near-term forecasts shifted cooler over the weekend Analysts said still-strong summer temperatures should continue to drive exceptional levels of cooling demand Weak liquefied natural gas demand remains a stubborn headwind Though intense heat remains in the cards for the balance of summer, near-term…

July 14, 2020
Covid Resurgence ‘Casting Shadow’ Over Oil Market Recovery

Covid Resurgence ‘Casting Shadow’ Over Oil Market Recovery

Although economic activity and oil demand are recovering from the first wave of Covid-19, a resurgence of the pandemic in regions such as North and South America “is casting a shadow over the outlook” for the oil market, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said Friday. “Only time will tell if the economic impact will be…

July 10, 2020
Noble Bringing Back Curtailed U.S. Oil Volumes, Expanding NatGas Export Capacity Overseas

Noble Bringing Back Curtailed U.S. Oil Volumes, Expanding NatGas Export Capacity Overseas

Noble Energy Inc. said Thursday the bulk of its shut-in U.S. oil and gas production would be brought back online in the coming weeks.  Noble, whose vast U.S. portfolio extends across Texas and Colorado, said its second quarter curtailments totaled 11,000 b/d of oil. But “significant improvements in operating costs and netback pricing” will allow…

July 9, 2020
August Natural Gas Futures Jump After Lower Storage Injection, Signs of Stronger Demand

August Natural Gas Futures Jump After Lower Storage Injection, Signs of Stronger Demand

Natural gas futures advanced Thursday after the latest storage build came in below analysts’ average expectations and indicated that intensifying summer heat had started to drive stronger cooling demand and power burns. The August Nymex contract rose 6.3 cents day/day and settled at $1.734 /MMBtu. September rose 6.4 cents to $1.785.  NGI’s Spot Gas National…

July 2, 2020
Prominent Role for Natural Gas, Oil Exploration Even in Carbon-Constrained World, Says Wood Mackenzie

Prominent Role for Natural Gas, Oil Exploration Even in Carbon-Constrained World, Says Wood Mackenzie

Oil and natural gas exploration will play an essential role in meeting global energy demand through at least 2040, even if human-induced global warming is kept under 2 C, according to a recent analysis by Wood Mackenzie. “Only about half the supply needed to 2040 is guaranteed from fields already onstream,” said Wood Mackenzie’s Andrew…

July 2, 2020
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