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Preliminary dry NatGas the highest annual total on record dating back to 1930

EIA’s Natural Gas Monthly, with data through December 2015, has been released. Highlights follow:

  • In December, dry natural gas production was the highest for the month since EIA began reporting dry natural gas production data in 1973. Preliminary dry natural gas production for December 2015 was 2,289 billion cubic feet (Bcf), or 73.8 Bcf/day. This level was a 0.4 Bcf/day (0.6%) increase from December 2014 production of 73.4 Bcf/day.
  • Preliminary dry natural gas consumption for December 2015 was 2,598 Bcf, or 83.8 Bcf/day. This was a decrease of 3.3% from 2,688 Bcf in December 2014, or 2.9 Bcf/day.
  • Year-over-year total consumption of dry natural gas in December decreased in three of the four consuming sectors, with the exception being electric power deliveries, which increased significantly year to year. Deliveries of natural gas by consuming sector in December 2015 were as follows:

– Residential deliveries were 589 Bcf, or 19.0 Bcf/day, down 17.9% from 23.1 Bcf/day in December 2014.

– Commercial deliveries were 351 Bcf, or 11.3 Bcf/day, down 17.8% from 13.8 Bcf/day in December 2014.

– Industrial deliveries were 669 Bcf, or 21.6 Bcf/day, down 2.8% from 22.2 Bcf/day in December 2014.

– Electric power deliveries were 771 Bcf, or 24.9 Bcf/day, up 21.2% from 20.5 Bcf/day in December 2014.

  • Preliminary annual dry natural gas production for 2015 was 27,091 Bcf, or 74.2 Bcf/day, the highest annual total on record dating back to 1930. Preliminary annual total consumption for 2015 was 27,473 Bcf, or 75.3 Bcf/day, also the highest total on record dating back to 1949.

Monthly Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production

Natural Gas Monthly


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