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Platts acquired Bentek Energy in 2011. Bentek was a recognized leader in natural gas, oil and NGL market fundamental analysis with expertise in power, demand and other energy segments. Bentek provided a full range of products including daily market reports,online applications, comprehensive studies, consulting engagements and retainer services.

By combining the skills and experience of Bentek with Platts, we can now provide a deeper level of market data, news, and analysis, on a regional and global basis, to meet the needs of analysts and traders.

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Thursday, December 08, 2016 - 6:31 PM
2016 marked a historic year in the North American natural gas market, including record production, power burn, exports to Mexico, and inventory levels.  Additionally, it was characterized by the start of US Gulf Coast LNG exports, the lowest prices in over a decade, and a remarkable price recovery as the coda to an otherwise already-eventful year.  The winter heating season is finally starting to bare its fangs, and it is an opportune time nearing the end of the year to look back on market developments in 2016 and look ahead to 2017, specifically focusing on the Southeast and Texas market.  Notable highlights include Texas shifting to its tightest market in nine years, with expectations for further tightness in 2017, contributing to Bentek’s constructive stance on price fundamentals at the Gulf Coast benchmark.
Thursday, December 08, 2016 - 6:40 AM
Earlier this week REX posted a notice indicating the in-service date for the Zone 3 Capacity Enhancement Project would be delayed until further notice due to on-going operational issues related to the smart pig run attempted on Dec 1. An additional notice was released delaying a second smart pig run indefinitely. These announcements likely place the project’s in-service date of around mid-December at further risk. Interestingly this month, Rockies eastbound flows on REX have dropped to an average of 807 MMcf/d after reaching 1.2 Bcf/d for November. This dip has occurred as about 0.3 Bcf/d more gas from the Northeast has made its way to the null point at the IL/IN state line, while about 0.4 Bcf/d less Rockies gas has supplied the area. That said, eastbound Rockies flows on REX have fallen from Nov to Dec every year since at least 2012.
Thursday, December 08, 2016 - 6:30 AM
Southwest exports to Mexico dipped by 0.2 Bcf/d today as North Baja began work on a pipeline replacement project.  As a result of the shut-in on North Baja, Southwest exports fell to just 344 MMcf/d, down from its prior seven day average of 537 MMcf/d and its lowest daily level in over two and a half years since May 2014.  North Baja declared a force majeure on July 7 due to washouts of certain sections of its pipe, and the planned replacement project began today and is expected to last through December 16.  While North Baja is still operating parts of its system, it has cut all capacity from its Ogilby receipt point, which is where it receives all of its supplies from El Paso to deliver to its cross border interconnect with Baja Norte.  The maintenance will keep a lid on Southwest exports to Mexico until completed, as the North Baja system is the biggest single export point from the region.

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EIA Storage Comparison

Indices Chg Date
TX Intra Flow™ 2272 BBtu -47.82% 04/27
Gulf Production™ 6.2 BBtu -8.82% 04/22

Weekly Storage Forecast*

11/25-12/01 Week
12/02-12/08 Forecast Week
BENTEK EIA Forecast
East -9 -13 TBD
Midwest -18 -18 TBD
South Central 1 -4 TBD
Mountain -4 -2 TBD
Pacific -5 -5 TBD
Total -35 -42 N/A

Weekly forecast is available to subscribers on Tuesday morning. 

* All storage numbers are in BCF

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