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Posted June 17, 2021 Today in Energy

U.S. dry natural gas production and rig count continue to grow from pandemic lows ›

Our June Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) estimated that production of dry natural gas in the United States averaged 92.2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) during May 2021, compared with 87.8 Bcf/d in May 2020. The record high for U.S. natural gas production was set in December 2019, when dry production averaged 97.0 Bcf/d. Aside from February 2021, when weather-related well freeze-offs contributed to natural gas production shut ins, May 2020 marked the low point for U.S. natural gas production so far during the pandemic. As a result of COVID-19 mitigation efforts and warmer weather, natural gas demand diminished, which lowered prices. We expect dry natural gas production to continue to grow in the United States through the end of 2022, averaging about 94.8 Bcf/d for November and December 2022. More

U.S. total rig count versus dry natural gas production

Source: Graph by EIA, based on data from Baker Hughes Company (rig count) and EIA's Natural Gas Monthly and Short-Term Energy Outlook (production)

Data Highlights

WTI crude oil futures price

6/16/2021: $72.15/barrel

up$2.19 from week earlier
up$33.77 from year earlier

Natural gas futures price

6/16/2021: $3.251/MMBtu

up$0.122 from week earlier
up$1.637 from year earlier

Weekly coal production

6/12/2021: 12.468 million tons

up0.749 million tons from week earlier
up3.407 million tons from year earlier

Natural gas inventories

6/11/2021: 2,427 Bcf

up16 Bcf from week earlier
down453 Bcf from year earlier

Crude oil inventories

6/11/2021: 466.7 million barrels 

down7.4 million barrels from week earlier
down72.6 million barrels from year earlier