NatGas Trades Above $3/Mcf 1st Time in > 1 Yr, Still Low in M-U

natgas-priceWe’ve just hit a milestone worth mentioning. Yesterday the price of natural gas as traded at the benchmark Henry Hub delivery point (in southern Louisiana) closed at over $3 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf). It’s an important psychological barrier that gives traders (and drillers) hope for higher prices. However, before we begin popping the champagne corks here in the Marcellus/Utica, you should understand that there is no “the price” in natural gas. Gas is traded at hundreds of locations along major gas pipelines. The venerable Henry Hub is important because it is the benchmark, setting prices that many gas contracts are tied to. But the reality of natural gas prices for the Marcellus and Utica is one of low prices due to lack of pipeline capacity to move our oversupply to other markets. So while the price of gas trading at the Henry Hub yesterday closed at $3.08/Mcf (according to price experts Natural Gas Intelligence), the price of gas trading at the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Zone 5 300L in northeastern PA closed yesterday at $1.26/Mcf (NGI). Here’s more on yesterday’s important Henry Hub breaking through $3 story, and why the price is going higher right now…

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