Henry Hub Natural Gas Spot Prices 2005



Heating demand increased this week as winter weather and cold weather forecasts hit most of the nation.  For the week (Wednesday to Wednesday), the spot price at the Henry Hub rose 59 cents, or about 5 percent, to $11.73 per million British thermal units (mmBtu).  This Wednesday's price of $11.73 was $4.94, or 73 percent, above last year's level of $6.79.

Shut-in natural gas production dropped to 3 billion cubic feet as of Wednesday, November 30, from its level on the previous Wednesday of 3.2 billion cubic feet.

The amount of natural gas in storage in the East Region decreased 2.1% for the week ending November 25 to 1,896 billion cubic feet which was 82 billion cubic feet above the 5-year average.  Nebraska is a part of the East Region (see map) which is a major natural gas consumer, particularly in the residential and commercial sectors.  The industrial sector, which includes agriculture, is also a major consumer in this state.  Most of the gas is supplied from the Producing Region with a fair amount imported from Canada.  The Henry Hub in southern Louisiana is a major market center with interconnections for many of the pipelines that transport U.S.-produced gas to the East Region.  Furthermore, the Henry Hub is the preferred reference point for prices for most of the domestic gas destined for the East.  Therefore, market conditions and developments in the East Region and price movements and trends at the Henry Hub are usually highly correlated.

Notes:  An archive is available.  Divide the price by ten (10) to obtain the price per hundred cubic feet (ccf) or the approximate price per therm.


Natural Gas Spot Prices at the Henry Hub
2004 and 2005


Natural Gas Spot Prices at the Henry Hub 2005
[Price per Million British Thermal Units (mmBtu)]
Day Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    1   $6.29 $6.64 $7.58   $6.36 $7.01 $8.02 $11.36   $10.79 NA
    2   $6.38 $6.61   $6.50 $6.65   $8.37 $11.75   $10.84 NA
    3 $5.53 $6.30 $6.72   $6.61 $6.65   $8.75   NA $10.80  
    4 $5.70 $6.12 $6.52 $7.80 $6.49   Holiday $8.54   NA $9.64  
    5 $5.84     $7.44 $6.66   $7.38 $8.61 Holiday NA   NA
    6 $5.79     $7.46 $6.67 $7.05 $7.68   $11.58 NA   NA
    7 $5.85 $6.03 $6.67 $7.51   $7.13 $7.62   $11.05 $13.68 $8.79 NA
    8   $5.95 $6.84 $7.27   $7.22 $7.87 $8.93 $10.93   $9.18 NA
    9   $6.20 $6.99   $6.56 $7.05   $8.71 $11.03   $9.31 NA
  10 $6.23 $6.21 $6.90   $6.67 $7.09   $8.81   $13.28 $9.67  
  11 $5.96 $6.03 $6.73 $7.17 $6.63   $7.35 $9.29   $13.66 $9.19  
  12 $5.89     $7.34 $6.63   $7.78 $9.58 $10.66 $13.76   NA
  13 $6.05     $7.07 $6.47 $7.08 $7.78   $10.69 $13.50   NA
  14 $6.46 $5.95 $6.86 $7.02   $7.32 $8.00   $10.80 $12.80 $9.15 NA
  15   $6.01 $7.15 $6.95   $7.39 $8.03 $9.52 $11.26   $9.21 NA
  16   $6.11 $7.08   $6.45 $7.41   $9.69 $11.25   $11.04 NA
  17 Holiday $6.05 $7.24   $6.41 $7.60   $9.98   $13.88 NA  
  18 $6.68 $5.88 $7.12 $6.95 $6.50   $7.77 $9.39   $13.40 NA  
  19 $6.21     $7.01 $6.39   $7.70 $9.10 $12.10 $13.52   NA
  20 $6.26     $7.10 $6.37 $7.83 $7.75   $12.83 $13.23   NA
  21 $6.43 Holiday $7.17 $6.93   $7.47 $7.64   $14.25 $12.74 NA NA
  22   $5.92 $7.25 $7.06   $7.40 $7.40 $9.44 $15.27   NA NA
  23   $6.02 $7.11   $6.34 $7.50   $9.95 $15.27   $11.62 NA
  24 $6.41 $6.32 $7.08   $6.45 $7.47   $10.00   $12.95 Holiday  
  25 $6.46 $6.27 Closed $7.27 $6.33   $7.38 $9.77   $13.90 Closed  
  26 $6.44     $7.08 $6.30   $7.46 $9.86 NA $14.67   NA
  27 $6.50     $7.11 $6.22 $7.29 $7.50   NA $13.89   NA
  28 $6.24 $6.64 $6.94 $6.66   $7.05 $7.69   NA $13.11 $11.01 NA
  29     $6.94 $6.65   $7.07 $7.77 NA NA   $11.17 NA
  30     $7.17   Holiday $7.01   $12.35 NA   $11.73 NA
  31 $6.15   $7.47   $6.31     $12.70   $12.20    

Sources:  Natural Gas Weekly Update.   Energy Information Administration, Washington, DC.  Nebraska Energy Office, Lincoln, NE.

Note:  NA = Not available.

This table was updated on December 2, 2005.  Typically, there is one week between updates.

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