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US Gas Prices Ascend as EQT Slashes Output to Counter Market Surplus


US Gas Prices Rise After EQT Curbs Output to Fight Glut

In a move addressing the recent downturn in natural gas prices, Pittsburgh-based EQT has announced a significant reduction in its production outputs. The leading gas producer declared its plan to curb approximately 30 to 40 billion cubic feet of its net production through March, aiming to counter the price depressions caused by a surplus in the market. This decision translates to a 5% to 7% cut in the company’s quarterly production, based on data compiled from its output in the fourth quarter.

The decision comes at a crucial time when US gas futures have seen a sharp decline, primarily due to a milder winter reducing the usual spike in demand. This, combined with an increase in production from shale drillers, has led to an overabundant supply, pushing companies to adjust their outputs accordingly. Prior to EQT’s announcement, other major players in the industry such as Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Comstock Resources Inc. also revealed their initiatives to trim down production.

EQT’s strategy involves a temporary reduction of 1 billion cubic feet (bcf) per day of gross output starting in late February, with plans to reassess the market conditions after the end of the month. The company’s actions are a direct response to the low natural gas price environment brought on by warm winter weather and consequently elevated storage inventories.

The move signifies a broader trend among Appalachian producers to mitigate the current oversupply in the market. According to Energy Aspects Ltd., while early March weather forecasts indicate limited demand potential, there are initial signs of a downward adjustment in both Appalachian production and total US production levels. This collective step back is seen as a necessary adjustment to realign supply with demand and stabilize market prices.

With these production cuts, the industry aims to address the glut that has pressured gas prices downwards. The market is now watching closely to see how these reduced output levels will affect inventories and prices in the coming months, particularly as the industry adapts to changing consumption patterns and continues to navigate the challenges presented by fluctuating demand.

Jordan Clark
Jordan Clark
Jordan Clark brings a dynamic and investigative approach to business reporting. Holding a degree in Business Administration and a certification in Data Analysis, Jordan has an eye for detail and a knack for uncovering the stories behind the numbers. His career began in the bustling world of Silicon Valley startups, giving him firsthand experience in tech entrepreneurship and venture capital. Jordan's reports often focus on technology's impact on business, startup culture, and emerging

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