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Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 3:40 PM
Canadian imports have maintained a strong hold on the Northwest market this summer, averaging 3.2 Bcf/d as both Northwest Pipeline and GTN continue to flow in at nearly maximum capacity. In spite of the Opal to Malin spread widening 4 cents/MMBtu this month to date versus the same period in 2016 -- while the Kingsgate to Malin spread remains nearly flat at 30 cents/MMBtu -- Rockies gas has continued to be displaced. GTN deliveries to NWPL at Stanfield have set impressive marks, trending at 353 MMcf/d this month to date which is 40% higher than 2016. The incremental supply on NWPL has weighed slightly on Stanfield basis, which is down 6 cents/MMBtu this month to date versus last year; however, the added supply has likely played a role in Opal shedding 13 cents/MMBtu over the same period. The Kingsgate to Opal spread has remained open at 25 cents/MMBtu this month to date, helping keep NWPL backhauls at -0.15 Bcf/d.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 8:35 AM
Sample data indicates Canada production this month has held relatively steady to the 12.9 Bcf/d collected by Platts Analytics on January 1. While production has dipped under 12.4 Bcf/d as recently as last Thursday, total sample production for Canada has only averaged 66 MMcf/d less than the start of the year so far this month. This flatness that has allowed modeled production to idle near 15.3 Bcf/d for much of the year, which has created some uncertainty in expectations for production this summer as this breaks away from trends seen the past two years.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 6:10 AM
Southeast production continued its downward slide, falling another 0.1 Bcf/d Tuesday to 9.7 Bcf/d, marking its second lowest level of the year. Offshore production fell 0.1 Bcf/d to 3.0 Bcf/d, and is 0.7 Bcf/d below its year-to-date peak.  Onshore production is 0.6 below its 2017 high. The maintenance season appears the likely source of the decline, with Tuesday’s dip being driven by a 0.1 Bcf/d decline in Alabama offshore from the Tubular Bells platform on Transco’s system. Louisiana offshore production is 0.2 Bcf/d below its 2017 average, driven by 0.1 Bcf/d declines on Garden Banks and KinDeep systems. The Garden Banks decline can be tied back to two platforms on its system; Auger and Enchilada, which have not had production volumes in 12 and eight days, respectively, but were already producing at lower than normal levels when going offline. Mississippi offshore production is also 0.2 Bcf/d below its 2017 average, as three major Mississippi Canyon platforms on Destin’s system are offline: Na Kika, Thunder Hawk and Thunder Horse.

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EIA Storage Comparison

Indices Chg Date
TX Intra Flow™ 2272 BBtu -47.82% 04/27
Gulf Production™ 6.2 BBtu -8.82% 04/22

Weekly Storage Forecast*

04/07-04/13 Week
04/14-04/20 Forecast Week
BENTEK EIA Forecast
East 15 12 TBD
Midwest 5 11 TBD
South Central 28 26 TBD
Mountain 2 3 TBD
Pacific 2 2 TBD
Total 52 54 N/A

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* All storage numbers are in BCF

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