U.S. withdrew record amount of natural gas from storage

U.S. withdrew record amount of natural gas from storage

During the recent “cold snap” that affected much of the eastern United States, more natural gas was withdrawn from storage fields than at any other point in history. (Yes, the U.S. Energy Information Administration called our latest bout of record cold in at least 7 states a “cold snap.”)

Net withdrawals totaled 359 billion cubic feet (Bcf) for the week ending January 5, 2018, exceeding the previous record of 288 Bcf set four years ago by 25%.

Near the end of December 2017 and continuing into January, temperatures in the Lower 48 states, especially in the eastern half of the country, were significantly lower than normal. Similar to January 2014, sustained periods of cold temperatures resulted in high natural gas demand for heating, contributing to increased withdrawals from storage.

Weekly net withdrawals have totaled at least 249 Bcf only 10 times since 1993, most recently in January 2015, and have never exceeded 300 Bcf. Of the 10 largest storage pulls on record, four occurred during the winter of 2013–14, which was significantly colder than normal.



Graph source:
U.S. Energy Information Administration
Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report

Thanks to Paul Clent for these links

20 thoughts on “U.S. withdrew record amount of natural gas from storage”

  1. Scientists are keeping a close eye on the Beaufort Gyre
    January 06, 2018
    The Beaufort Gyre, an immense 60-mile-diameter pool of cold freshwater and sea ice, is “stuck” in a clockwise rotation that should have ended years ago. Its eventual reversal could send massive amounts of chilly water straight toward western Europe, plunging it into brutal winters and disrupting fisheries.

    The gyre spins in the Beaufort Sea, north of Alaska and Canada and south of the North Pole. When this ocean current spins clockwise, it traps Arctic ice and freshwater melt. When it spins the other way, it ejects that ice and freshwater out past Greenland into the North Atlantic, making weather in Northern Europe cooler. It is a natural phenomenon, but something has gone awry with the way it operates, as its periodic reversal is way overdue…it has stay(ed) in a clockwise direction for more than a dozen years.

    Firstly, it noteworthy that this scientist has to add a potential global warming twist to this info in order not to be seen as dismissive of the globalist’s agenda.

    Secondly, although I have been actively searching for climate info for over five years, this is the first I’ve heard of this phenomena. Why has it been so obscured? What else has been similarly “overlooked” ?

    Thirdly, I believe that much info and especially serious scientific investigation is both suppressed and ignored by the Warmists to the detriment of understanding and preparation for the troubling future ahead.

  2. Could have been worse. New England burned expensive fuel oil to keep the lights on rather than natural gas due to limited pipeline capacity..

  3. at least you govt DOES make sure you have some storage worth a damn!!!
    Aussies have less than a fortnights worth of petrol and diesel storages..yes thats correct.
    and as for gas? well i somehow suspect we have damned little as the processors have been flogging the majority to os markets for way less than we pay..gouging beyond belief!! and had to be threatened to drop prices by half..consumers arent seeing it still..but as to whats being held safe..curiously that didnt rate a mention.
    a large area of rural people have to buy bottled LPG for heat cooking here
    at 130$ or more now per 100kg bottle, most of use wood for heating and just get ripped off and use electric stoves, because you have to be able to afford TWO large bottles to ensure supply

    • In the US propane sells for the same price as fuel oil (on a BTU basis) which is 3x higher that natural gas. Natural gas (mostly methane) has to be stored at very high pressure whereas propane is a liquid at moderate pressures and ambient temps so easier to transport and store. So while propane and methane may be used similarly, storage and transportation are very different as are the prices.

    • Laurel, TThat sure sounds like a dangerous situation… but does your country have natural gas & petroleum resources (in the ground, I mean)?

      The US has plenty of areas that have both petroleum and natural gas… which would make that a lot easier than any place that does not. Natural gas is so abundant and close to the surface in some parts of So.CA … (for example, in Huntington Beach) there are places where the soils can explode from it.

  4. Great work Paul Clent :
    Now what would it take to run out of Natural Gas?
    An estimate of reserves and a presumption of continual high usage,
    Interesting number?

  5. https://www.halifaxtoday.ca/local-news/a-record-winter-for-lack-of-snow-in-halifax-so-far-811612
    A record winter for lack of snow in Halifax Canada so far.
    “There’s never been a year in Halifax, going back 65 years, where we’ve started off the winter with such a low snowfall amount,” said David Phillips.

    We’ve only had 18 centimetres so far this winter, which is about a fifth of what is considered normal. It’s not for lack of precipitation, because we’ve had an above average amount, it’s just mostly been in the form of rain.

  6. When the rivers and lakes totally freeze over, as they definitely will NEXT WINTER, how will all these eco-freaks get their COAL, OIL, FUEL OIL, etc to keep their Ski lodges open?

    Hard to make a Latte with no HEAT, huh?

    This time next year they will DEMAND Global Warming.

  7. I disconnected from gas 4 years ago. Everything is electric now. Heat, hot water, dryer. My solar panels generate way more than I use, even in winter. That’s with 4 adults (though my boys often don’t act like adults) in the home.
    Went from a winter time high of $400 per month(yearly average about $200 per month) for gas and electric, to a flat $70 per month all year long.

    • John,
      Good for you, the world will need every Watt of power from all sources to maintain the energy civilisation though the next 70 years of cooling before the next 100 year Solar Warm period starts and then finishes with another grand solar minimum.
      With some elecy storage, you may be able to provide the power your boys need.
      What I am concerned with is the attitude that central governments now have to Off Grid generation and then taxes they then impose on off grid generation, this is nothing more than another window tax.
      The UK has been a country since 980 AD, that 1500 year period may well be the time we have before the next Glaciation tipping point is reached. The more we plan and develop all resources over this brief period of grace, the more humans will survive the world wide extinctions of plants, animals, and primates to come over the 140000 years ice period before the next Interglacial starts.

    • John:

      What part of the World do you live in? I think we might have trouble generating sufficient heat through solar in a conventional home here in the Great Lakes region of southern Ontario, Canada. Lack of sunshine, for one thing. We could eliminate a lot of the expense for cooling/heating with better house design and location.

    • So you’re using the grid as your own personal battery. How much electricity do you get from your solar panels at night if the power lines go down?

  8. Mexico City on red alert due to intense cold 13/01/2018
    In the delegations Álvaro Obregón, Cuajimalpa, Magdalena Contreras, Milpa Alta, Tláhuac and Tlalpan, temperatures between -1 and -4 degrees Celsius are expected
    The Secretariat of Civil Protection of Mexico City activated the red alert for six delegations and orange for the other 10, because this Sunday is expected to be very cold.
    He stressed that the red alert is for the districts of Álvaro Obregón, Cuajimalpa, Magdalena Contreras, Milpa Alta, Tláhuac and Tlalpan, where between 5:00 and 8:00 am there will be temperatures of -1 and -4 degrees Celsius.
    Meanwhile, the orange alert is for the delegations Azcapotzalco, Benito Juárez, Coyoacán, Cuauhtémoc, Gustavo A. Madero, Iztacalco, Iztapalapa, Miguel Hidalgo, Venustiano Carranza and Xochimilco.
    The capital dependence detailed that in these 10 demarcations are expected from 0 to 3 degrees Celsius, so he urged the population to take precautions.
    To avoid affecting the health, it is recommended to cover nose and mouth, use at least three layers of clothing and avoid sudden changes in temperature.

  9. We in the US had better hope that fracking is as effective as it is cracked up to be. Many coal plants have been shut down and replaced with natural gas plants. If winters like this become the norm I really doubt that we have enough gas for industry, heating and electric.

  10. @ Ian Campbell
    You got me. I live in the San Francisco Bay area. Lots of sunshine and really never very cold.
    However my sister lives in Davenport Iowa and has a similar system.
    Its 22F there right now. Gets down to -10 to -15F on occasion. She doesn’t have any problems.
    We are not off grid so there is always access to municipal generated power sources if we need it.

  11. This phenomenon is covered throughly on Nevin’s blog forum.arctic-sea-ice.net be very wary though it’s a blog of alarmists but even though their ideology is flawed there is still some interesting stuff I wouldn’t comment just lurk because they don’t want dissenters. Lots of actually good data on the Arctic and Antarctic is shared though.

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