Working gas in storage was 3,189 Bcf as of Friday, July 20, 2012, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 26 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 487 Bcf higher than last year at this time and 435 Bcf above the 5-year average of 2,754 Bcf. In the East Region, stocks were 167 Bcf above the 5-year average following net injections of 20 Bcf. Stocks in the Producing Region were 181 Bcf above the 5-year average of 938 Bcf after a net withdrawal of 1 Bcf. Stocks in the West Region were 88 Bcf above the 5-year average after a net addition of 7 Bcf. At 3,189 Bcf, total working gas is above the 5-year historical range.
Working gas stocks in the Producing Region, for the week ending July 20, 2012, totaled 1,119 Bcf, with 242 Bcf in salt cavern facilities and 877 Bcf in nonsalt cavern facilities. Working gas stocks decreased 5 Bcf in the salt cavern facilities and increased 4 Bcf in the nonsalt cavern facilities since July 13. An historical series of the salt and nonsalt subtotals of the Producing Region is available for download at: wngsr_producing_region_salt.xls.