Low natural gas prices drive demand from power in the U.S. Southeast region 1.9 Bcf/d higher than year-to-date 2011

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

BENTEK's Southeast/Gulf Observer reports natural gas demand from power in the U.S. Southeast region is averaging 7.3 Bcf/d, 35% higher than year-to-date 2011 levels. Low gas prices have made natural gas the fuel of choice for power generation. Gas-fired power plant utilization reached 28% in 2011 and continues to rise. In addition, a number of gas-fired power plants are being built in the Southeast that will further increase regional gas demand from power.

Power plant new builds and re-fires are expected to add 580 MMcf/d incremental gas-fired generation through 2015, with an expected capacity utilization approaching 50% and a heat rate of 7.5. About 300 MMcf/d of this capacity is expected to come online by the end of this year. BENTEK projects gas demand from power generation in the Southeast will increase 2.0 Bcf/d between 2012 and 2018.

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Key features of BENTEK’s Southeast/Gulf Observer:

• Southeast/Gulf analysis of res/comm, power and industrial gas demand

• Infrastructure analysis: Expansions, new builds and maintenance

• Natural gas production, gas pipeline flows to and from other regions

• Gas storage trends in the Southeast

• Prices, pipeline transportation rates and price spreads for key Southeast pipeline flow corridors

• Forward prices and basis for key Southeast and downstream markets


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