Cold shuts 600 mmcfd of Texas gas output - Bentek

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Freezing weather in Texas has forced the shut in of at least 600 million cubic feet per day of natural gas production across three basins, according to data from Bentek Energy.

Bentek said production fell sharply between Monday and Tuesday as temperatures plummeted. As of Wednesday morning, the natural gas analytics company said output had not been fully restored.

It was unclear which wells were frozen in and how long it would take before production would be fully back online.

"Liquids rich gas is susceptible to freeze offs because it has a higher dew point," said Matt Marshall, senior energy analyst with Bentek in Evergreen, Colorado.

Many of the shale gas plays are liquids rich and freeze fairly quickly.

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