US PROPANE: SECOND-THIRD QUARTERS 2008: Midyear inventory woes aggravated by hurricanes

A strong sense of déjà vu pervaded Gulf Coast propane markets during third-quarter 2008, as comparisons of September 2008 with the hurricane season of 2005 abounded. But US propane markets also suffered from inventory accumulation rates during second quarter that fell below normal, as occurred in 2007.The volume of propane in primary storage is an important element of supply for the winter heating season. This article discusses how markets will cope with lackluster propane inventory accumulation during second and third quarters.Although landfall dates for Hurricanes Gustav and Ike were eerily similar to Katrina and Rita in 2005, August and September are the months of peak st...

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