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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Weekly DOE Natural Gas Storage Analysis

Storage levels inch closer to 2009 highs

Injection slightly above expectations – The EIA reported a natural gas injection of 71 bcf, slightly below expectations (as per Bloomberg) of 74 bcf. For the comparable week, injections last year were 25 bcf with the five-year average injections at 45 bcf. Total storage now sits at 3,754 bcf, only 0.1% below last year’s level of 3,756 bcf, and 9.1% above the five-year average of 3,442 bcf.

Storage levels inch closer to record levels set in 2009 – The 71 bcf injection this week puts us only 83 bcf below record storage levels set in late November 2009. Looking ahead, above average temperatures forecasted for key consuming regions means we could potentially reach new highs in the coming weeks.

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