Into The Vortex – EIA Reports Build of 76 Bcf in Natural Gas Inventories

After Natural gas futures fell under $5.00 in manic trading ahead of EIA reported a build of +76 Bcf of working gas in storage.  With natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico still shut-in. Output was already trailing consumption with elevated demand from both Europe and Asia for U.S. exports of LNG.

After Natural gas futures fell under $5.00 in manic trading ahead of EIA reported a build of +76 Bcf of working gas in storage.  With natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico still shut-in. Output was already trailing consumption with elevated demand from both Europe and Asia for U.S. exports of LNG.

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EIA’s Weekly Gas Storage Report. Report Date: 9/9/2021

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  • Release Time: Thursday 9/16/2021 10:30 a.m. ET

Market Expectations

  • Actual  +76 Bcf Prior +83 Bcf
  • Consensus Forecast +76 Bcf
  • Cons. Range: +73 to +82 Bcf
  • Last Year: +36 Bcf
  • 5 Year Average: +53 Bcf 


Last Week’s Report +83 Bcf #TCNG

Current Storage Level vs. Last Year; 5-Yr

  • Current Storage Level: 2923 Bcf
  • Storage 2020/Same Week:  3515 Bcf
  • 5Yr Avg/Same Week: 3158 Bcf


Weather Watch: via Z4 Energy Research @ZmansEnrgyBrain Last week: Cooling Degree Days (CDDs) came in at 60 vs 52 normal and 88 in the prior week. This week’s forecast: This week, CPC predicts CDDs will hold at 60 vs 44 normal.

Hurricane Season

The National Hurricane Center said over the next few months as the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season reaches its peak. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration raised the number of named storms forecast to 15-21 named storms, including seven to 10 hurricanes and three to five major hurricanes, up from its May prediction for 13-20 named storms and six to 10 hurricanes, though its prediction of major hurricanes was unchanged.

With storms we watch Gulf of Mexico production and the impact on demand with the increasingly tight U.S. gas market. In 2020 back-to-back hurricanes in Louisiana knocked offline the Cameron LNG facility, as well as thousands of other Gulf Coast electricity customers for about a month.

Renewable generation coming in well below normal

Wind capacity is up more than 15 GW versus 2020, wind utilization has been below normal over the last two months, with July wind utilization realizing around 5% below normal and setting a new five-year minimum for the month. – Reic Fell of Wood McKenzie.  However, it is unlikely that wind utilization would remain that far below normal over the balance of the summer. Hydro output has averaged close to 7 average GW hours below the five-year average so far this summer, according to Fell. This is being driven by a severe western drought, which has added nearly 1 Bcf/d in gas burn relative to the five-year average.


Baker Hughes  active rigs total in the U.S. onshore and Gulf of Mexico (GOM)

  • Oil +7 to 401 vs 180 year ago.
  • Natgas -1 to 101 vs 71 a year ago
  • Horizontal rigs -2 to 461 vs 214 a year ago
  • Vertical rigs +3 to 23 v 19 a year ago
  • Permian +4 to 253
  • Eagle Ford -1 to 31

Canada saw its rig count

Comments by executives of multi-basin super independent EOG Resources Inc. mirrored those for many Lower 48 management teams.

“We’re not going to grow until the market clearly needs the barrels,” EOG President Ezra Yacob told analysts during a call Thursday. “We’re committed to staying disciplined. Currently, we want to see demand return to pre-Covid levels.”

 United States Natural Gas Stocks Change

TradersCommunity Natural Gas Outlook Format

  1. EIA Natural Gas Storage Forecast and Analysis
  2. LNG and Export Warch
  3. Natural Gas Import Watch
  4. Natural Gas Demand Watch
  5. Nuke Watch
  6. Natural Gas Futures Technical Analysis
  7. Option Vol
  8. DCOT Report

Natural Gas Market Influence Factors:

Bearish factors include

  • Economic damage and reduced natural gas demand caused by the Covid pandemic,
  • Warm U.S. winter that resulted in weak demand for natural gas for heating.
  • Over long spec positions

Bullish factors include

  • Record foreign demand for U.S. nat-gas as flows to U.S LNG export terminals on April 18 rose to a record 11.921 bcf (data from 2014) and after U.S. LNG exporters loaded a record 81 cargoes in November, breaking the previous record of 75 set January of 2020,
  • Expectations that the low level of oil prices will reduce shale drilling and natural gas extraction as a by-product
  • Tighter U.S. nat-gas supplies that are down -14.8% y/y and -2.6% below their 5-year average.
  • High power burns
  • Perception that gas supply and demand are more inelastic than ever before.
  • Over short spec positions



Weather Watch

Gulf of Mexico

Near Record Warm Gulf of Mexico Water temperatures are running 1-3+ degrees above average

Natural Gas Quick Look


via Ole S Hansen @Ole_S_Hansen

EIA Natural Gas Storage Watch

EIA Storage Report

US Natural Gas Weekly Storage Forecasts


  • Bloomberg Survey +
  • DJ Survey +
  • Reuters Survey +
  • Platts Survey+

Banks and Brokers

  • Macquarie+
  • Cti +
  • TFS +


  • AgWxMan +
  • Refinitiv +
  • Bart Roy +
  • Genscape +
  • Gabe Harris –
  • WoodMac +
  • Kidduff Report +
  • Platts GW +
  • Robry825 +
  • The Pit Boss +
  • Norse +
  • Andrea Paltry +
  • Point Logic +
  • Bespoke +
  • Shane Boling +
  • Schneider Electric +
  • Donnie Sharp Huntsville +
  • NG Junkie –
  • EBW +

NB: Forecasts uploaded when provided to – some weeks they may not made available.


EIA Swap Market – Brynne Kelly ‏@BrynneKKelly


Henry Hub Natural Gas Futures Weekly Chart Outlook via @KnovaWave

US Natural Gas (Henry Hub)

Daily: US Natural Gas tested the Daily +2/8 after natgas exploded out of the corrective ABC pennant of a (IV) off the 50dma to new highs as expected with impulse the Tenkan crossed Kijun depicting power. Notice the fractals of the move after completing the ( C of 4 bullish scenario has played out the consolidation phase since it completed its IV ( Bull Case) last year since then a series of 3 waves. Tenkan, Kijun and 50dma support.

Like the larger wave on the way up it accelerated through previous highs (flat topped triangle energy) and over the resistance at 8/8 and new highs. We successfully tested that break in a pennant ABC. Previous highs (flat topped triangle energy) and 8/8 and new highs underscore the structure that fed the move and is key longer term.

NG D 9 17 2021

Weekly: Natural gas smoothly continued to it’s first target, it’s now a question of degree, 3 or 5? its move in a series of 3’s spitting the Weekly Tenkan for Chikou to rebalance. Recall the impulse wave powered from the spit of 50wma to get over weekly Kijun and Tenkan. Breaking recent highs on its 3rd attempt. A series of fractals between old 38 and 50% channel, as you would expect in a seasonal commodity with weather a prime mover. Resistance is Fib/Murrey confluence.

 NG W 9 17 2021

Natural Gas Storage Analysis

via RonH Data ‏@ronh999






via Brynne Kelly @BrynneKKelly





Natural Gas Production Watch

EIA in its latest Drilling Productivity Report (August) said lower 48 oil and natural gas production is poised to rise from August to September. Overall gas production from seven key U.S. producing regions is forecast to increase in September by 158 MMcf/d to 86,084 MMcf/d.

Oil production is predicted to rise slightly overall to 8,086 b/d from 8,037 b/d. U.S. drilling permit activity climbed sharply last month, with the Eagle Ford, Permian and the Powder River Basin leading the increase, according to a recent analysis conducted by Evercore ISI using federal and state data. Permitting requests usually precede drilling development by a few months. E&Ps last month requested 81% more permits than in June and 12% more than in July 2020.



Natural Gas LNG Watch

“While year-over-year net exports ran 4.0 Bcf/d higher in April and May, the increase in net exports accelerated to 6.3 Bcf/d in June and 8.4 Bcf/d month-to-date in July,” the EBW team. “Although the dramatic increase was telegraphed to the market in advance, the increase in LNG and pipeline exports to Mexico draws almost exclusively from the South Central region — placing upward pressure on Henry Hub.”

via Criterion @Pipelineflows, RonH Data ‏@ronh999

Natural Gas feed to LNG facilities Sabine Pass, Cameron, Elba Island, Cove Point & Corpus Christi




LNG netbacks for deliveries from the US Gulf Coast to Asia and Europe have surged above $9/MMBtu in recent days, up from around $8/MMBtu at the beginning of the month and around $7/MMBtu at the beginning of July. JKM, the benchmark price for spot LNG delivered to Northeast Asia, was assessed at $16.95/MMBtu on Aug. 13.

The run-up has led to a flurry of medium-term commercial transactions in recent months tied to US volumes that are linked to the JKM. Gas deliveries to US LNG export terminals totaled 10.91 Bcf/d on Aug. 13, based on the morning cycle, Platts Analytics data showed. That was up 540 MMcf/d from the day before and was the highest level since July 30. The increase came after production ramped up at Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass and Sempra’s Cameron LNG, both in Louisiana, and at Freeport LNG in Texas. – S&P Global Platts

US Gulk Coast LNG Netbacks


In July 2020, US LNG facilities averaged 3.22 Bcf/day natgas inflow and 3.00 Bcf/day of LNG exports loaded on tankers. Lowest since Oct 2018. via

  ++Charts via RonH @RonH999 – Visit Ron for daily updates 

Natgas inflow and LNG Exported by US LNG facilities Sabine Pass, Cameron, Cove Point & Corpus Christi avg Bcf/day/month.

June 2021

U.S. liquefied natural gas exports were at record high levels in the first half of 2021


For Full LNG Outlook Please Visit ourLNG Weekly Here

Natural Gas Mexican Exports Watch

via RonH Energy

US natural gas exports to Mexico established a new monthly record in June 2021




Natural Gas Canada Import Watch

via RonH Energy


Natural Gas Demand Watch



ImageUS Feb 2021 pwCDD + gwHDD were 905. That is +111 vs the long term avg.

via RonH Data ‏@ronh999




For Greater Depth Visit our Natural Gas Demand Monitor Here

US Feb Natural Gas demand by category.

Visit For Daily Updates ++Charts via RonH @RonH999  

Natural Gas Nuke Watch

via RonH Data ‏@ronh999

ALERT Three Mile Island nuclear shut down permanently on Friday afternoon 9/292019. US nuclear output for Sep 23 88,466.6 MW. This is -532.8 MW vs 5yr avg.


Natural Gas Options Structure – Volatilty (COT)




Natural Gas Futures Committment of Traders (COT)


Disaggregated Committment of Traders (DCOT)via RonH Data ‏@ronh999 @ole_s_hansen

Latest ICE and CFTC Open Interest Data: 


Understanding DCOT Reports

Read Understanding Commitments of Traders Reports – COT, TFF and DCOT  to help understand the disaggregated reports (DCOT) and how they break down the reportable open interest positions into four classifications: 1. Producer/Merchant/Processor/User 2. Swap Dealers 3. Managed Money 4. Other Reportables 

Natural Gas DCOT futures only managed money traders WoW change

(Note at NG peak Highest Longs Ever 87% (since 2006) Lowest Longs 2020 24%)

  • For week ending Sep 21
  • Natgas DCOT futures only managed money traders WoW change
  • -9,272 longs +28,793
  • +28,793 shorts
  • -38,065 net change
  • 54% net long




Read Understanding Commitments of Traders Reports – COT, TFF and DCOT to help understand the disaggregated reports (DCOT) and how they break down the reportable open interest positions into four classifications:

1. Producer/Merchant/Processor/User 2. Swap Dealers 3. Managed Money 4. Other Reportables 

Sources: TradersCommunity Research, RonH Energy, The Fundamental Edge, Knovawave

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