Wednesday, July 24, 2013

U.S. Natural Gas Storage Capacity Increases Approximately 2%

The EIA announced today that the total amount of natural gas storage capacity increased in 2012 by 1.8%.  The demonstrated maximum capacity (the practical measure of full storage) rose by 77 Bcf to 4.265 Tcf, while the design capacity (the theoretical measure - it's difficult and expensive to truly max out storage) increased by 91 Bcf to 4.575 Tcf.  The demonstrated maximum capacity is approximately 93% of design capacity.

The EIA estimates that 2013 will see an additional 71 Bcf of designed storage based on projects currently on the books.

The locations and types of storage projects completed in 2012 are indicated on the map below:

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