Henry Hub Natural Gas Spot Price to Fall Below $6.00/MMBtu in 2023
The Henry Hub natural gas is expected to see a rundown in prices in the fourth quarter. It would be facing a hard-hitting crunch at $7.40 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) and subsequently, sliding down to $6.00/MMBtu in 2023 owing to a rise in U.S. natural gas production.
Industry experts foresee the dip in inventories in the injection season (April-October), which is approximately 3.5 Tcf (an ever lowest in the last five years).
On the consumption front, it is expected that natural gas consumption would rise up to be approximately 87.9 Bcf per day (a rise of 3.9 Bcf/day from 2021). Hence, higher consumption by primarily all sectors.
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Warmer weather seemed to have locked horns with the price of Henry Hub natural gas, the prominent supplier of natural gases. The temperature rise is starkly and inversely proportional to the spot prices of natural gases.
Taking note of the recent development, Natural Gas Intelligence (NGI) reported that Spot natural gas costs plummeted in the gas sell-off this weekend. Moreover, NGI’s Spot Gas National Average flumped to USD 5.250, which is a decline of 28.5 cents.
Friday seemingly had been the day of downswings, with the December natural gas futures compromised at a loss of -3.20%, settling at USD 6.827 (decline of USD 0.226) and The United States Natural Gas Fund ETF (UNG) at a loss of -2.91%, settling at USD 22.37 (decline of USD 0.67).
NYMEX Curve Alarmed the Trembling Conditions Furthermore
The NYMEX curve ascertained the wobbliness of prices with steep rises this Thursday. It created selling pressure as the news of bearish storage by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) created a furore. Adding to this, shoulder seasons might not be significantly helpful to the downturn of prices. For instance, the cold weather on the East coast didn’t help bolster prices, nor did it lead to pronounce heating requirements that we usually see otherwise.
NATGAS Augurs the Rising Fahrenheits in the Upcoming
According to the NATGAS, the temperature should rise if the net cold-warm swings are calculated. As per this, the predominance of heat is expected to exacerbate the pouring demands of natural gas.
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In some areas, like the East coast, the chilly weather seemed to have shown a bit of a silver lining; however, the American and European datasets eclipsed that.
Higher Production, Lesser Exports
As per Refinitiv, the gas output leapt from 99.94 bcfd in September to 99.9 bcfd in October in lower U.S. states.
Not to miss, Refinitiv portended the surge in average U.S. gas demand and exports. From 92.8 bcfd, the demand is expected to take off to 99.3 bcfd next week with the arrival of colder weather on the east coast. However, it would dip to 97.2 bcfd in two weeks as the temperatures would go milder again.
Experts at Procurement Resource infer that the prices, though they have been facing a debacle, the cold blows in some areas, would somehow manage to evanescently cope with the complete distortion of demands of natural gases. The experts also suggest the alleviation in the injection of the gases any further. It would again help in coping with the ebb. However, the winter season would not see any dramatic inflation in the prices of natural gases, and that is certainly owing to over-production which is a result of overestimating the demand surge.