Attacks on US aftereffects on gas demand uncertain

While the Sept. 11 attacks on the US will add some uncertainty to the nation's projected demand for natural gas, Arlington, Va.-based Energy Ventures Analysts Inc. (EVA) expects heating season demand to be relatively flat compared with last year.During the upcoming heating season, EVA estimates year-to-year natural gas demand changes will range from a decrease of 2.1%, or 250 bcf, to an increase of 1.5%, or 175 bcf.The firm reckons that last month's events will have the greatest impact on the industrial sector's demand for natural gas: "Before Sept. 11, we estimated an increase in industrial demand of 5.8% (216 bcf) as industrial operators fuel-switched back to natural gas and...

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