U.S. Natural Gas Output Rose for Second Month, EIA Says


U.S. natural gas production rose 3.3 percent in March to a record as onshore output increased, the Energy Department reported.

Gas production advanced to 77.83 billion cubic feet a day, or 2.41 trillion cubic feet for the month, from a revised 75.33 billion a day in February, the department’s Energy Information Administration said in a monthly report known as EIA-914. Output was the highest for any month on record, according to department data going back to 1980.

Output in the lower 48 states advanced 3.8 percent to 68 billion cubic feet a day from a revised 65.51 billion, rising for the first time in three months. Production in New Mexico gained 10 percent to 3.7 billion cubic feet a day, the government said in the report.

Production in Texas increased 6.1 percent to 21.4 billion cubic feet a day from a revised 20.17 billion, according to the report. Output from Louisiana climbed 4.1 percent to 7.82 billion amid drilling in the Haynesville Shale, according to the report.

Oklahoma’s gas production advanced 4.1 percent to 5.04 billion cubic feet a day. Output from the federal offshore Gulf of Mexico fell 0.4 percent to 5.51 billion.

Natural gas for July delivery rose 14.8 cents, or 3.3 percent, to settle at $4.666 per million British thermal units on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices slipped 0.7 percent this month and are 5.9 percent higher this year.

The EIA-914 report covers gas gross withdrawals, which include gas used for repressuring, quantities vented and flared, and non-hydrocarbon gas removed in treating or processing operations.

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