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NGL Production +2% M-o-M, driven by Northeast & Offshore

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NGL Roundup: September 1, 2023

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  • EIA NGL production came in at 6,527 Mb/d, 1% higher than our forecast, and increased 2% M-o-M (+152 Mb/d) and +9% (+519 Mb/d) Y-o-Y. Production came in below expectations at most major on-shore basins, but the M-o-M jump was driven by the Appalachia, Ohio (Utica), and the Louisiana Gulf Coast (off-shore) sub-PADDs.
  • Ethane recovery took a dip across most major basins, despite continued strength in domestic consumption and exports. Recovery especially dropped in the Anadarko (-16%) and Williston (-23%) but increased 17% in the Northeast (+46 Mb/d) as the Shell Monaca cracker resumed operations faster than expected after various disruptions earlier this year.
  • The lower Permian frac spread in June likely caused the dip in ethane production. The spread decreased from $0.12/gal in May to $0.09/gal in June. We expected high demand to still result in higher ethane production, but it seems the jump in offshore production (+108%, 64 Mb/d) was enough to meet the higher demand. Permian frac spreads jumped in July to $0.21/gal and remain elevated in August at $0.13/gal, indicating the June decline in ethane production is a small blip.
  • Propane/Propylene stocks are still recording new five-year highs, but declining closer toward the 5-year average when viewing it in terms of Days of Supply and accounting for the higher export demand.
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