US gross gas output hits record in December: EIA

By Keystone Clearwater Solutions -

Houston, 27 February (Argus) — US gross natural gas production rose to an all-time high in December of more than 83 Bcf/d (2.4bn m³/d) as producers brought new wells on line and restored production from shut-in wells in the Marcellus shale and in Texas.

Output from the 48 contiguous US states, which includes production that does not reach market, rose during the final month of 2014 to 83.03 Bcf/d, up by 1.42 Bcf/d from November 2014 and 15pc higher than a year earlier, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said today in its monthly natural gas gross production report.

The largest month-over-month increase occurred in the EIA’s “Other States” category. That category includes output from the Marcellus shale, a mammoth gas-bearing formation in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and the top-producing gas field in the US. Production from other states increased in December to 34.26 Bcf/d, a 3pc increase from November and a year-over-year gain of 29pc.

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