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90% of Natural Gas Used in US in 2018 was Produced Domestically - EIA

Gasoil News - Published on Thu, 11 Jul 2019

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Natural gas is one of the main sources of energy in the United States. In 2018, more than 90% of the natural gas consumed in the United States was produced domestically. EIA’s US natural gas flow diagram helps to visualize the elements of US natural gas supply production, imports, and withdrawals from storage and disposition consumption, exports, and additions to storage. US natural gas production and consumption have both generally increased since the mid-2000s, and both dry, or consumer-grade, natural gas production and consumption reached record highs of about 30 trillion cubic feet in 2018. In both 2017 and 2018, annual dry natural gas production exceeded consumption for the first time since 1966.

US natural gas production has increased in the past decade as the widespread adoption of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing techniques has allowed producers to more economically produce natural gas from shale formations. Shale gas now makes up a higher percentage of total US natural gas production than natural gas produced from both traditional natural gas wells and from crude oil wells as associated natural gas. Smaller volumes of natural gas are also produced from coal seams, called coalbed methane.

In 2018, gross withdrawals of natural gas and other compounds extracted at the wellhead in the United States totaled 37 trillion cubic feet, with more than half coming from shale gas wells. Marketed natural gas production, which excludes natural gas used for repressuring the well, vented and flared gas, and any nonhydrocarbon gases, was nearly 33 trillion cubic feet. US marketed natural gas was further processed into 30 trillion cubic feet of dry natural gas and 2 trillion cubic feet of natural gas plant liquids.

As US. natural gas production has increased, exports of natural gas have also increased and recently have started to surpass natural gas imports. The United States became a net exporter of natural gas in 2017. In 2018, the United States exported a record of nearly 4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, either by pipeline to Mexico and Canada or shipped overseas as liquefied natural gas. Natural gas imports that year were 3 trillion cubic feet, the lowest since 2015.

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Thu, 11 Jul 2019
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