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Natural-gas storage capacity varies by U.S. region

By Bob Downing Published: September 4, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information Administartion today:

Sep 4, 2013

graph of storage capacity utilization, as explained in the article text

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Form EIA-191, Monthly Underground Gas Storage Report and Short-Term Energy Outlook
Note: Dashed lines indicate projections. Utilization rate reflects each region's total natural gas storage as of October 31 as a percentage of its working gas storage capacity. Working gas storage capacity equals the difference between total natural gas inventories and base gas inventories, or gas stored to maintain adequate reservoir pressures. Total gas inventories prior to 2012 calculated using the Natural Gas Annual data. Monthly data used for 2012, based on storage levels as of December 31, 2012. Estimates of storage facility utilization on October 31, 2013 are based on projected working gas inventories divided by working gas storage capacity as of December 31, 2012. Alaska is backed out of the West region projection, with the assumption that its monthly inventories grow through October 2013 at the same rate as for the West region as a whole.

Underground natural gas storage fields in the American Gas Association's (AGA) East region have neared their capacity limits before each winter since 2005. Storage field utilization in the East has ranged between 87% to 92% before November of each year despite changes to market conditions. However, storage capacity utilization varies by region because of differences in weather patterns, types of facilities, pipeline constraints, proximity to supplies, and regulations.

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