Working gas in storage was 3,308 Bcf as of Friday, August 17, 2012, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 47 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 423 Bcf higher than last year at this time and 357 Bcf above the 5-year average of 2,951 Bcf. In the East Region, stocks were 115 Bcf above the 5-year average following net injections of 48 Bcf. Stocks in the Producing Region were 178 Bcf above the 5-year average of 930 Bcf after a net injection of 4 Bcf. Stocks in the West Region were 63 Bcf above the 5-year average after a net drawdown of 5 Bcf. At 3,308 Bcf, total working gas is above the 5-year historical range.
Working gas stocks in the Producing Region, for the week ending August 17, 2012, totaled 1,108 Bcf, with 218 Bcf in salt cavern facilities and 890 Bcf in nonsalt cavern facilities. Working gas stocks decreased 2 Bcf in the salt cavern facilities and increased 7 Bcf in the nonsalt cavern facilities since August 10. An historical series of the salt and nonsalt subtotals of the Producing Region is available for download at: wngsr_producing_region_salt.xls.