Free Webinar on Price of Natural Gas in Marcellus/Utica – May 17

NGI’s Pat Rau

The price of natural gas is the magic key that unlocks whether, and how much, drilling takes place in the Marcellus/Utica. Drillers (i.e. producers) live and die by the price of natural gas. Traders live and die by it too. And because it’s important to drillers and traders and others in the industry, the price of gas at various trading points along pipelines is of keen interest for landowners too. What controls the price? Supply and demand, of course. But there are other factors too. This Thursday, May 17 at 1 pm Eastern, NGI’s (Natural Gas Intelligence) Director of Strategy and Research, Patrick Rau, will give an online webinar talk EVERYONE needs to attend: “Appalachian Natural Gas Prices — How They are Determined and Where Are They Headed?” Pat is guest presenter for this month’s free Penn State Extension Shale Education monthly webinar series. MDN editor Jim Willis knows and has worked with Pat–and we can assure you, Pat is one smart cookie. He makes the complex world of natural gas pricing understandable. Here’s the announcement of what Pat will discuss on this can’t-miss-it webinar…
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Time to Support Transco’s Northeast Supply Enhancement Project

In March the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a favorable draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the Williams Transco Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) pipeline project (see Williams Northeast Supply Enhancement Pipe Gets Favorable DEIS). The project is meant to increase pipeline capacity and flows heading into northeastern markets. In particular, Transco wants to provide more Marcellus natural gas to utility giant National Grid beginning with the 2019-2020 heating season. National Grid operates in New York City, Long Island, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. There are a number of components to the project, but the key component, the heart of the project, is a new 23-mile pipeline from the shore of New Jersey into (on the bottom of) the Raritan Bay–running parallel to the existing Transco pipeline–before connecting to the Transco offshore. This project needs *your* help. Please join MDN in supporting the project by signing this online petition to FERC. A second way you can support the project is by attending and speaking at one of four regional FERC hearings, which begin next week…
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Ignore the Mexican NatGas Market at Your Own Peril

For some time now, MDN has had its eye on Mexico. Following landmark reforms in 2013 and 2014, Mexico’s oil and gas markets have been freed from strict government control. Mexico is interested in attracting foreign (i.e. U.S.) investment. While renewable energy prospects in Mexico grabbed much of the attention in mainstream media, the core of the energy reform effort lies in the expansion of Mexico’s natural gas market. Not only is power generation heavily focused on increasing capacity through gas-fired combined cycle power plants, but consumption by industrial users is also expected to rise at a steady pace in the coming decades. Mexico is already, and will become even more so, an incredibly important market for U.S. natural gas. NGI (Natural Gas Intelligence) knows just how critical Mexico is becoming to the U.S. and recently launched a new daily news and data service called the Mexico Gas Price Index (MGPI). Why is MDN psyched about MGPI, and what does it have to do with the Marcellus/Utica?…
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Get Tomorrow’s Marcellus/Utica NatGas Prices Today!

Anyone with even a passing interest in the natural gas market–either the Marcellus/Utica or elsewhere–knows there is one dominant factor that drives exploration and production: PRICE. The price of natural gas is the tail that wags the entire natgas dog. Low price? Less (or no) drilling, shut-in wells, less leasing–everything is less. High price? Pop the cork on the champagne bottle! When the price goes up and stays up, drillers begin seismic surveys, then leasing, then permits, then drilling. After drilling comes pipelines–both to the well and to market. And businesses tend to gather around points where there is access to natgas (and its byproducts). It’s a virtuous cycle, from upstream (drilling) to midstream (pipelines) to downstream (end users of the gas)–that all starts with price. Who should have an interest in price? Everybody! However, there are some whose jobs and livelihoods depend on price–gas traders, industrial buyers, drillers who need to sell their gas, etc. Those people need a daily update on the price. Who do they turn to? There are several price reporting authorities that monitor trade information for natural gas trading. There is no single price for natural gas–there are hundreds of prices. Gas is traded at trading hubs or points along major pipelines across the country. Each time a trade is done (price requested, price offered or “ask” and “bid”), that valuable information gets recorded and sent to a price recording authority. Each day around 1:30 PM Central Time, NGI gathers up trade information for THAT DAY, trades that have occurred so far at trading points all over the US and Canada, and posts/emails the information to subscribers. It is like getting tomorrow’s prices–the prices everyone else will base their trades on–today! How can you get tomorrow’s prices today? Glad you asked. Request a trial to NGI’s MidDay Price Alert here. Below we have a section of a recent edition showing prices in Appalachia (the Marcellus/Utica), and for the entire northeast…
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NatGas Trading in NYC Hits $175/Mcf – Highest Ever Recorded!

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Brrrr! If you live anywhere in the northeastern part of the country, you’re likely bundled up sitting at home, or bundled up sitting at work. Most schools dismissed today because of the brutally low wind chill values–minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit in upstate NY where MDN is headquartered. Over the past couple of days MDN has highlighted the news that with this latest winter ‘bomb cyclone’ as it’s called, the lack of natural gas pipelines to New England–to feed both homeowners who heat with gas and utilities that use gas to generate electricity–can no longer be ignored. Two days ago we told you that New England now has the dubious distinction of paying the highest average price for natural gas in the entire world (see New England’s Lack of Pipelines = Most Expensive Gas in the WORLD). Yesterday we told you that at least part of the blame for New England’s sky high natgas prices can be laid at the feet of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (see New England Can “Thank” NY Gov. Cuomo for Sky High NatGas Prices). However, lack of pipelines doesn’t only affect New England states, it also affects New York itself. Yesterday history was made when the spot price for natural gas in New York City hit an amazing $175 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) at the Transco Zone 6 New York trading hub. Incredible! In Boston, at the Algonquin City Gate trading hub, the spot price briefly hit $105/Mcf! Below we have the news about these record-breaking prices from the natgas price experts–Natural Gas Intelligence (NGI). Each weekday NGI publishes their MidDay Price Alert by 1 pm Central, both emailed and available at this webpage: www.naturalgasintel.com/middayprices. The MidDay Price Alert, which includes Intercontinental Exchange trade data, gives gas traders (and those with a keen interest in prices) the latest intel on what’s happening with prices at 125+ trading hubs across the country. Here’s what yesterday’s MidDay Price Alert showed for trading in the northeast… Continue reading

Preview NGI’s Awesome 2018 Shale Play/Pipeline Map

Just in time for Christmas (or Chanukah, or Kwanzaa)…NGI has just released our favorite map, the 2018 Map of Shale/Resource Plays & North American Natural Gas Pipelines. When MDN editor Jim Willis began working in the natural gas market full-time in 2012, he learned from some of the best in the business–the incredibly talented people at Natural Gas Intelligence (NGI). One the key lessons Jim learned early on in working with NGI is that ours is a market driven by price. And not just one price! Yes, the Henry Hub in South Louisiana is the most quoted price point in the world when it comes to natgas. Indeed, it forms the basis price against which all other trading points are measured. But Jim learned early on there isn’t just one price for natural gas, there are many (hundreds!) of prices for natural gas, because natural gas is traded at hundreds of different locations along pipelines, all around the country. When Jim was being taught about the markets and prices and why and where drillers decide to drill, driven by price, one of the key resources used to teach Jim was the NGI map. It was a revelation that made a lasting impression when Jim’s tutors walked him over to the NGI map hanging on the wall and pointed out all of the different shale plays, pipelines, and trading points along those pipelines. Suddenly, the complex world of natgas with its many moving parts snapped into place. It was now understandable. NGI’s wall map is the tool that did that for Jim. Perhaps it can do the same for you. NGI typically issues the map with updates every year or two. The 2018 edition has just been released, with important updates. If you work in, or have an interest in, the natural gas market, give yourself the one gift that will keep on giving for years–an NGI map…
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Webasto – Saving Marcellus/Utica Trucks Big Money and Time

Winter has arrived here in the Marcellus/Utica. Keeping a truck idled for hours at a time–just to keep it warm or to get it warmed up before driving–is a waste of money. It’s also harmful to the environment (lots of nasty diesel emissions). There is a better way–the Webasto way. Webasto designed and manufactures an ingenious solution, a tiny little device like a motor, that will heat up the fluids in a truck, meaning you don’t have to start it minutes and hours ahead of time just to warm it up. They even have a device that will keep the cabin warm–without running the truck’s engine! How clever is that? MDN is delighted to bring our audience a new sponsor/advertiser: Webasto. Never heard of it? You may actually have one of their systems in your equipment and not even realize it. They’re responsible for the technology behind Engine-Off heating solutions–improving driver comfort and engine performance for all types of vehicles. Webasto was founded in 1901 in Germany and remains headquartered there. However, it is truly an international company, with operations around the world, including here in the U.S. There are a number of subsidiaries and divisions within the company. The part of the company that has become an MDN sponsor manufactures technologies, like heaters, used in big trucks (see it here).

Obviously not all MDN readers are interested in technology that keeps trucks warm in the winter. But there are a number of trucking companies, and fleet managers, who subscribe to and read MDN. Companies that work in the Marcellus/Utica region. We have some information you need–information that will (a) save you BIG money, (b) improve your environmental record, and (c) lower maintenance costs for your trucks…
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Empire State Showdown: The NatGas Battle For New York

Marcellus Drilling News began in early 2009 after editor Jim Willis noticed an article in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin detailing how a group of farmers in Broome County (near where Jim lives) had become overnight millionaires after signing leases with XTO Energy–to allow shale drilling on and under their land. Jim was stumped. He had never heard of gas drilling in the Southern Tier of New York, nor had he heard of XTO Energy. The issue of shale drilling appeared to be an interesting issue, full of technology, politics and money. Sounds like the makings of a soap opera! And what a soap it has been since that time–at least in New York State. Jim has followed the ups and downs (mostly downs) of attempting to launch shale drilling in the Empire State. When Andrew Cuomo was first elected governor, it appeared that he would (eventually) allow fracking. Now? He won’t even allow the state’s environmental agency to approve major interstate pipelines–projects most residents were unaware of just a few short years ago. Natural Gas Intelligence (NGI) ace reporter Jamison Cocklin recently wrote an in-depth series of articles focusing on New York and what’s happening with the gas industry in the state. It was/is an EXCELLENT series of articles. NGI has assembled the series, along with extra information, into a 16-page Special Report titled, “Empire State Showdown: The NatGas Battle for New York.” Below is a description of the report, with information about how you can download a copy…
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Important Marcellus/Utica Primer Available to Download – for FREE

MDN editor Jim Willis has once again partnered with NGI (Natural Gas Intelligence) to bring you a great (and FREE) opportunity to learn more about everyone’s favorite twin shale plays: The Marcellus and Utica Shales. NGI produces a mountain of data and information as part of their research and development efforts, publishing it in a Shale Plays Factbook, which costs $179. However, because of MDN’s special partnership with NGI, they have agreed to combine the Marcellus/Utica sections from the Factbook into a special primer, available free for MDN readers only. Here’s what’s in the Marcellus/Utica Shale Primer, a few sample pages, and how you can get a copy instantly
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PDF Map Details M-U Shale Plays, Pipelines and More – See It Now

MDN previously wrote about Natural Gas Intelligence’s awesome, huge 52″ x 36″ wall map showing every major (most minor) natural gas pipelines (202 of them!), resource plays (185 of them!) and more (See the Map that Changed How MDN Views the NatGas World). What do you do, however, if you’re on the road, at home or out of the office and you can’t glance at your handy Shale/Resource Plays & Natural Gas Pipelines wall map? NGI has thought of that too. When you buy an NGI wall map (MDN Users Get 25% off, here’s how), you also get a PDF version as well–something you can literally take anywhere with you, for use on your laptop or your smartphone. The PDF version has become our favorite. Don’t tell NGI, but we’ve zoomed in on the Appalachian portion of the map to show you just how much information you’ll find if you decide to get your own copy. Buckle up to enjoy the ride!…
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It’s Time to Keep Track of Mexico’s NatGas Market – Here’s How

For some time now, MDN has had its eye on Mexico. No, not for a vacation (although that would be sweet), but because of the natural gas market, which is undergoing a dramatic change. Mexico passed landmark energy sector structural reform in 2013 and 2014, freeing up Mexico’s oil and gas markets from strict government control. The reforms abolished the state monopolies administered by state-owned companies Pemex and the Federal Electricity Commission with the aim of creating competitive markets in the oil and gas industry AND in the power industry. Why? To attract private investment with the ultimate aim of dramatically improving Mexico’s energy markets. While renewable energy grabbed much of the attention in mainstream media, the core of the energy reform effort lies in the expansion of Mexico’s natural gas market. Not only is power generation heavily focused on increasing capacity through gas-fired combined cycle power plants, but also consumption by industrial users is expected to rise at a steady pace in the coming decades. Mexico is going through a rapid expansion of its natural gas pipeline infrastructure–with a number of projects either under construction or planned. This expansion has opened numerous opportunities for the private sector, with more on the way. So how does Mexico affect the Marcellus/Utica? (1) Some of our gas may end up flowing across the border–eventually. Maybe not today or tomorrow, but there are pipeline projects that already are, or soon will, carry our gas to the Gulf Coast. From there, it’s a short trip over the border. Mexico may become an important future market for our gas. (2) Even if our gas never flows across the border, gas from Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma will. As that gas goes south, it doesn’t go north to compete with Marcellus/Utica gas and opens up more markets for our gas in the Midwest and South. (3) As more American gas flows south–from whichever source–prices at the Henry Hub (and everywhere else, including the Marcellus/Utica) will go higher. It’s simple economics: less supply, same demand, equal higher prices. Mexico’s natgas market bears watching, and watching closely. How can you keep track of it? The same way we do. NGI (Natural Gas Intelligence) recently introduced a news service that tracks what’s happening in the Mexico natgas market–and for the next few months you can get it for FREE…
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See the Map that Changed How MDN Views the NatGas World

The natural gas market in the United States is big and complex, with a lot of moving parts. When MDN editor Jim Willis began working in the market full-time in 2012, he learned from some of the best in the business–the people at Natural Gas Intelligence (NGI). There’s a whole lot more to our wonderful market than just drilling wells for natural gas, the “upstream” part of the business. There’s also pipelines, processing plants and compressor stations–the “midstream”; and petrochemical plants, LNG exports and other end users, the “downstream.” Perhaps one the key lessons Jim learned early on in working with NGI is ours is a market driven solely by price. And not just one price! Yes, the Henry Hub in South Louisiana is the most quoted price point in the world when it comes to natgas. Indeed, it forms the basis price against which all other trading points are measured. But Jim learned early on there isn’t just one price for natural gas, there are many (hundreds!) of prices for natural gas, because natural gas is traded at hundreds of different locations along pipelines, all around the country. When Jim was being taught about the markets and prices and why and where drillers decide to drill, driven by price, one of the key resources used to teach Jim was the NGI Map of Shale & Resource Plays in North America. It was a revelation that made a lasting impression when Jim’s tutors walked him over to the NGI map hanging on the wall and pointed out all of the different shale plays, pipelines, and trading points along those pipelines. Suddenly, the complex world of natgas with its many moving parts snapped into place. It was now understandable. NGI’s wall map is the tool that did that for Jim. Perhaps it can do the same for you…
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Important New Report on Pipelines & Powergen in Marcellus/Utica

Here’s a quote that nearly made our eyeballs drop out: “In the PJM queue, there’s roughly 130 planned gas-fired power plants scheduled to enter service through 2021 totaling 76 GW under various stages of development across a large part of the market that includes Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey.” Did you catch that? Some 130 natural gas-fired electric generating plants–most (if not all) of them fed by Marcellus/Utica gas, will go online in the next four years, generating 76 gigawatts of electricity. It is an enormous opportunity for our industry. Where did we read that stat? In a new report published by our friends at Natural Gas Intelligence (NGI). The report is called “Pipelines & Power: How New Infrastructure Could Uncork the Marcellus-Utica Natgas Bottleneck.” The opening article in the report contains the quote above (on page 2). This 20-page report is jam-packed with great information, like that quote. Actionable, useful, important information. Let us tell you a little more about NGI, about the report, and how you can get a copy…
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NGI’s “Forward Look” Price Curves Now Cover 79 Key Markets

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Did you know that NGI’s “Forward Look” Price Curves now cover 79 key markets? Robust forwards data for decision-making and risk management in 2017 is more important than ever and NGI has you covered.

Forward Look provides daily updates of fixed & basis forward curves out 5+ years at 79 key markets. The data is emailed out each morning and downloadable via XLS. A weekly analysis piece is emailed out each week, giving you insights into the data. Speaking of insights…

NGI asked their analysts why you should care about Forward Look now more than ever. They’ve answered, and answered with vigor…
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JLE Industries Launches Huge New Pipe/Casing Facility in WV

Sponsored Post: MDN is proud to introduce our audience to a new advertiser: JLE Industries. JLE recently opened a new intermodal, 80,000 square foot facility in Benwood (Marshall County), WV to work on pipes and casings used in drilling. Until now, if a driller had a problem that required a casing to be reworked, there were only a handful of machine shops available. Typically the driller would send the work out of the region, slowing progress (time is money!). With the new Benwood location, JLE has a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of the Marcellus/Utica. Faster turnaround, top notch equipment, great folks to work with. What’s not to love! Below is a description of the services offered by JLE at their new facility, along with a personal invitation from MDN to visit them during an open house to be held on April 15 (Friday) from noon to 10pm…
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Prime PA Recreational Land w/Marcellus Rights Up for Auction

Sponsored Post: For the past few years MDN has enjoyed bringing you advertising from United Country Real Estate. They have auctioned various properties for sale located in the Marcellus region–typically in Pennsylvania. We’re happy to bring you another such announcement. You may have noticed an advertisement running along the right side of each page on MDN, and a blurb at the bottom of your daily email alerts, for United’s next auction on April 15 (tax day!). The property up for auction this time is 250 acres of recreational land with a hunting camp, in prime Marcellus territory–Tioga County, PA. The land includes all mineral rights. See the description below for details…
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