Into The Vortex – EIA Reports Draw of 47 Bcf in Natural Gas Storage

The EIA reported a draw of -47 Bcf in natural gas storage last week, as expected as temperatures stayed low after the extreme polar vortex cold. Ahead we focus on LNG and Mexican exports.

The EIA reported a draw of -47 Bcf in natural gas storage last week, as expected as temperatures stayed low after the depths of the extreme polar vortex cold lingered. Ahead we focus on LNG and Mexican exports. 

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Weather models have been horribly inaccurate as the future’s price makes clear for 2018/2019. The focus will continue on Sabine Pass and Mexico and perhaps LNG exports given Trade Wars are the overhang du jour.

Keep in mind after the wild price action that natural gas the Marcellus break-even is $2.50 and $3.50 is the Haynesville break-even. Both those levels were also impulse exhaustions.

EIA’s Weekly Gas Storage Report. Report Date: 3/14/19

  • Via
  • Release Time: Thursday March 21 2019 10:30 ET

Market Expectations

  • Actual -47  Bcf  Prior  -204 Bcf
  • Consensus Forecast  -48 Bcf
  • Cons. Range: -45 to – 56 Bcf
  • EIA swap: -47 to – 48 @ CT 15.13

R=Revised. The reported revision caused the stocks for March 08, 2019 to change from 1,186 Bcf to 1,190 Bcf. As a result, the implied net change between the weeks ending March 01 and March 08 changed from -204 Bcf to -200 Bcf.

Last Week’s Report -204 Bcf #TCNG

Current Storage Level vs. Last Year; 5-Yr

  • Current Storage Level: 1186 Bcf
  • Storage 2018/Same Week: 1545
  • 5Yr Avg/Same Week: 1755

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. DCOT Report 

EIA Natural Gas Storage Watch

EIA Storage Report


US Natural Gas Weekly Storage Forecasts


  • Bloomberg Survey -52
  • DJ Survey -48
  • Reuters Survey -48
  • Platts Survey -48

Banks and Brokers-

  • Tim Evans Citigroup -56
  • Macquarie -49
  • Raymond James –
  • TFS -50


  • AgWxMan –
  • Jacob Meisel -48
  • Shane Bolling –
  • Genscape –
  • WoodMac – 
  • Kidduff Report -54
  • CJS Analytics –
  • Shura Li – Pira -49
  • Robry825 -54
  • 125WMARION –
  • NG Junkie –
  • Norse -55
  • Andrea Paltry -48
  • Point Logic -50
  • RonH – 
  • RBN Energy –
  • Schneider Electric –
  • Donnie Sharp Huntsville -50
  • Trade Mechanics -46
  • Andy Wiessman -46

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

Platts Anaylitics Bentek Models

  • Bentek S/D Model:  -45  Bcf
  • Bentek Flow Model: -47  Bcf

““The past four storage weeks have averaged 4 degrees below normal, culminating at 9 degrees below normal during last week’s cold front. While res-com is the main driver of the looser fundamentals for the week ended March 15, power burn and industrial demand also declined by 4.1 and 2.3 Bcf/d. On the supply side, small gains in midcontinent and Texas production were more than offset by declines in the Rockies cell region and LNG imports.””- Bentek

EIA Swap Market via  Brynne Kelly ‏@BrynneKKelly

 Natural Gas Storage Analysis

via RonH Data ‏@ronh999



via Brynne Kelly @BrynneKKelly

 via Trade Mechanic @Trade_Mechanics

Week 18 of the 18/19 withdrawal season. With 1186 bcf remaining, 2-week withdrawals are estimated at -129 bcf. 


Natural Gas Production  Watch 


Natgas production from Permian region in Feb, 13.6 Bcf/day, was +0.2 Bcf/d vs Jan. EIA projects 14.1 for April.

Natgas production from Appalachia region sets new high in Feb of 30.8 Bcf/day. EIA projects 31.5 for April.

Natural Gas LNG Watch 

via RonH Data ‏@ronh999

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

ALERT  Earlier there was a new high for US NG for LNG.Natgas feed to LNG facilities Sabine Pass, Cameron, Elba Island, Cove Point & Corpus Christi combined for Mar 19 was 5.58 Bc


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

For Full LNG Outlook Please Visit our LNG Weekly Here


Natural Gas Mexican Exports Watch 

via RonH Energy

NG Mexican Exports 3 21 19

Natural Gas Canada Import Watch 

via RonH Energy

Canada NG Imports 3 21 19

Natural Gas Demand  Watch 

via RonH Data ‏@ronh999

For Greater Depth Visit our Natural Gas Demand Monitor Here

Visit For Daily Updates ++Charts via RonH @RonH999  

Natural Gas Nuke Watch 

via RonH Data ‏@ronh999

Henry Hub Natural Gas Futures Weekly Chart Outlook via @KnovaWave

Natural Gas after holding the 100% or the 2017-18 low and -3/8 Murrey Math BUT Topside has got the breakdown and 50 dma

MW NG D 3 15 19

Natural Gas on the weekly view shows the resistance clearly the weekly cloud and previous 61.8% Fibbo converging with the breakdown. Downside clear with 100% also the 2017-18 low

 MW NG W 3 15 19

Natural Gas Futures Committment of Traders (COT)

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

Natural Gas DCOT futures only managed money traders WoW change

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

  • For Mar 12, 2019.
  • Natgas DCOT futures only managed money traders 
  • WoW change +12,974 longs  +2,337 shorts -10,637 net change 
  • 76% 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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