Natural Gas Daily
Freeze-offs affecting as much as 5 Bcf: Bentek

Friday, February 04, 2011

As much as 5 Bcf/d of natural gas production may have been shut in from the Rockies to Texas this week as a result of an arctic cold front lingering over much of the nation, Bentek Energy said Thursday.

US production for Thursday’s gas day was expected to be about 57.5 Bcf based on a survey of pipeline nominations, Bentek said, down from more than 62 Bcf a week ago.

“There’s a pretty sizeable amount. The cold has shown a large effect in more than just Texas. We are seeing freeze-offs or lower production in the Rockies, the Anadarko [field] in Texas and Oklahoma, East Texas and the Texas Gulf Coast,” senior Bentek analyst Matt Marshall said.

Freeze-offs occur when low temperatures crystallize the small amounts of water produced with natural gas, forcing blockages at the wellhead, and are most common in extreme and prolonged cold snaps.

Much of the production loss was centered around Texas, where more than 2 Bcf was lost, according to Bentek data.

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