Natural Gas Intelligence
EIA: Lower 48 Production Up Slightly in June

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

U.S. Lower 48 gross natural gas production in June increased to 69.47 Bcf/d, up 01.% compared with 69.39 Bcf/d in May, despite losses in the federal offshore Gulf of Mexico (GOM), Louisiana, Texas and New Mexico, according to data released by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) Tuesday.

The largest production gains have come in northeastern Pennsylvania, according to EIA, which said there have also been noticeable increases in southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

While production across the rest of the Northeast has remained virtually unchanged since 2007, northeastern Pennsylvania increased to more than 2 Bcf/d in July from 0.4 Bcf/d in January 2010, EIA said. Production in southwestern Pennsylvania increased more than three times (to more than 0.8 Bcf/d) and production in West Virginia increased more than 40% (to more than 1 Bcf/d) between the start of 2010 and July 2011, according to EIA.

Bentek Energy LLC estimates production in Pennsylvania and West Virginia at 4 Bcf/d, more than five times the 2004-2008 average, EIA said. Jack Weixel, manager of energy market fundamentals for Bentek, recently said he expects 4 Bcf/d of growth through 2015 in Pennsylvania alone (see Daily GPI, May 20).

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