Those of a bullish bent found encouragement all around Tuesday:July natural gas futures challenged unprecedented heights whilecrude oil futures edged back above $32/bbl; heat waves challengedelectric grid operators in both the East and West; and priorestimates of this afternoon’s storage report indicated a consensusthat the year-on-year deficit will just keep growing and adding tothe refill challenge.
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With a weaker screen during the morning and not a lot of solidweather load emerging from the weekend, most of the East was flatto down a few cents Monday. Western points continued a now-familiarpattern bracketing weekends: having suffered the biggest drops onFriday, they saw the biggest rebounds on Monday.
Buoyed by cool weather in the Northeast, bullish techincals andsupportive cash market prices, natural gas futures rumbled higheryesterday as traders bid up prices in an opening bell buyingfrenzy. After gapping higher at the open, the May contract spikedto a new life-of-contract high during the first hour of trading.From that point the buying waned and prices were left to chopsideways for the remainder of the session. May finished up 8 centsat $3.158.
TransCanada advised shippers Friday that due to forecasts ofwarmer than normal weather in the Eastern Delivery Area, diversionsand IT to the South West Delivery Area might be curtailed over theweekend and possibly into this week, depending on marketconditions. Diversions from Niagara and Chippewa would be excluded,the pipeline said.
Despite spring-like weather here, there and almost everywhere,this week’s price erosion came to a halt Thursday as many pointsturned in flat performances and a few managed small rallies.
Tennessee reported Tuesday it had identified a minor valve leakon its 200 Line #2 near Main Line Valve 259 (West Granville, MA).Adverse weather is preventing repairs temporarily, Tennessee said,but it expects to make them Thursday. No nominations or schedulingcuts are anticipated before repairs begin, the pipeline said, butit may be required to limit meters downstream of Station 254 toprimary services for Thursday’s gas day.
Citing cold weather and operational conditions, MRT issued anOFO Wednesday. All IT and AOR (Authorized Overrun) volumes flowingnorth of the Glendale (AR) Station on the Main Line wereinterrupted. Affected customers should re-source their Main Linesupplies to the East Line or take their Main Line IT and/or AORreceipts to zero, MRT said.