FxWirePro: U.S. Natural gas inventory preview

FxWirePro: U.S. Natural gas inventory preview


FxWirePro: U.S. Natural gas inventory preview

Thursday, September 27, 2018 4:55 AM UTC

Natural gas is currently trading at $2.91 per MMBtu.

Key factors at play in the natural gas market –

  • Natural gas is testing the resolve of the sellers around $3-$3.1 area. Approaching winter and lower level of inventories providing bullish support.
  • The United States and the European Union have agreed in principle in bringing U.S. LNG to Europe.
  • China surpassed Japan as the biggest natural gas importer.
  • Russia says that the biggest pipeline project reaching China is almost over.
  • Japan’s nuclear power generation is reviving again, which would curtail the LNG demand.
  • Gas price remains high, globally, especially in Japan and in Europe. However, in the United States, we expect the natural gas price to decline further towards $2.55 area, largely due to the existing bottlenecks in global trade.
  • Price in Europe is breaking into record highs and currently trading at 75 pence therm. Russia and the United States are set to fight for market share in Asia and in Europe. US preparing to become major natural gas exporter to the EU and Asia.
  • Large Natural gas producers in the United States continue to expand production per rig. US exports are increasing significantly. The United States remains the largest petroleum and natural gas producers in the world.
  • U.S. production is rising fast. Currently, U.S. is the third biggest exporter of natural gas.
  • U.S. exit from Iran nuclear agreement complicates the future of vast natural gas reserves in Iran. Recently, French energy giant ‘Total’ exit lucrative Iran gas project amid sanctions.  
  • NATO sanctions on Russia might disrupt its gas supplies to Europe.
  • Russia is likely to dominate the Chinese gas market, fastest growing in the world.
  • With natural gas turning into a buyers’ market, big importers like Japan are renegotiating long-term contracts with a resale clause attached.

Now, for the inventory,

According to the latest numbers, working gas in the underground storage remains at 2.722 trillion cubic feet (Tcf). Stocks are 672 Bcf less than last year at this time and 586 Bcf below the five-year average. The chart from EIA shows the level of inventory. The second chart from investing.com shows weekly changes in inventory.

  • Last week, the inventory rose by 86 billion cubic feet against an expectation of 84 billion cubic feet increase. Today 78 billion cubic feet build expected.
  • EIA will release the inventory report at 14:30 GMT.




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