Assessing long-term fundamentals for natural gas supports higher-price outlook

An outlook for natural gas usage and prices in North America must start with analysis of demand and competing fuels.Many users of natural gas also can be satisfied by other fuels, such as residual fuel oil or distillate. The relationship of demand and these competing fuels exercise substantial influence on natural gas prices, which, in turn, encourages or discourages natural gas drilling activity and subsequent supply. Click here to enlarge imageOver the past decade and expected into the future, the US is the predominant consumer of natural gas in North America. Table 1 clearly shows that the US has consistently stayed near 85% for its share of all North American gas consumed. Understan...

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