Natural Gas in Underground Storage

The weekly EIA Natural Gas Storage Report advised that there was an injection of 42Bcf (billion cubic feet) into Underground Storage for the week ending September 29th, 2017. This is 9Bcf below the median forecast of a 53Bcf injection, the average prediction of sector analysts and traders in the Dow Jones Newswires weekly survey. The injection one year ago was 80Bcf and the 5-year average injection is 91Bcf. Storage is 161Bcf below last year for the same week and 8Bcf below the 5-year average.

Natural Gas Pricing

As of 11:50AM CST, November 2017, (the prompt month) it was trading at $2.94, -$0.10 from one week ago and the 1-Year Spread average was $3.04, -$0.03 from one week ago.

Crude Oil Pricing

As of 11:57AM CST, November, 2017, (the prompt month) Light, Sweet Crude on the NYMEX was at $50.76, -$1.55 from one week ago.

Crude Oil Inventory

US crude inventories decreased by 6.0 million barrels to 465.0 million barrels for the week ended
September 29th, according to data released yesterday morning by the US Department of Energy. Traders in the Reuters poll projected a draw of 0.5 million barrels.

U.S. Rotary Rigs

U.S. Rotary Rigs drilling for natural gas were -1 at 189 for the week of September 29th. The number of rigs currently drilling for Natural Gas is 93 higher than last year’s level of 96. US Rigs drilling for oil were +6 at 750 There are 325 more rigs targeting oil than last year. Canadian rigs were -7 for the week. Rigs targeting oil rose 1% to 81% of all drilling activity.


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that on October 2, 2017, the first-ever shipment of U.S. crude oil arrived in India. Following Prime Minister Modi’s visit with President Trump, Indian companies ramped up purchases of U.S. crude. “I am proud of the collaborative work between the United States
and India that will increase jobs, economic stability, and national security in both countries,” said Secretary Perry. “This event represents the growing and important strategic energy partnership between the U.S. and India, and
I look forward to exploring new opportunities to expand the role of reliable, responsible, and efficient energy sources with our allies.”
The shipment was loaded at the Saint James, Louisiana and Freeport, Texas terminals and was received in Odisha, India by Indian Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan. More shipments will follow in coming months.


The AccuWeather 1-5 day Outlook forecasts above-normal temperatures for the Eastern 3/5 of the US while the Northwest is projected to be below normal. The 6-10 Day Outlook shows the East (to just west of the Mississippi River) at above-normal, with the West mixed but largely below-normal. In the 11-15 Day Forecast, normal temps are projected.

Sustainability and Renewables

Dresden 1, the first commercial nuclear-power plant in the U.S., was switched on in 1960. It took three years and, in today's money, about $250 million to build.
You may have noticed that nuclear-power projects require a little more time and money these days: Last week, the Trump administration offered $3.7 billion of loan guarantees to Southern Co.'s Vogtle project in Georgia. The budget for that has spiraled past $25 billion; and while construction began in 2009, it isn't expected to start generating power until we are well into President Donald Trump's second term (or his successor's first).

Phil Verleger, an energy economist, cited the contrast between Dresden 1 and Vogtle in a report this summer as an example of how the costs and lead-times of energy mega-projects have spiraled . I similarly compared the travails of the U.K.'s Hinkley C nuclear project to the development of big oil and gas fields here.Rising costs are an obvious impediment to any industrial project, while falling costs provide an obvious edge. But don't overlook the importance of time.


This Week's Key Takeaway

The shipment to India referenced in the article below Rick Perry's picture (above, left) may be the beginning of the end of the crude "glut" that has been depressing the price of crude for the last several years. If the US opens the flood gates of crude shipments overseas, it follows that stateside supplies will drop, thus driving up the price. Stay tuned.