US natural gas production reached an all-time high level in 2017

12 Apr 2018

According to the United States Energy Information Administration, the US natural gas production reached record levels in 2017. Gross withdrawals rose to 91 bcf/d in 2017 (2.6 bcm/d), marketed natural gas production reached a new high level (79 bcf/d or 2.2 bcm/d) but the dry natural gas production did not exceed 2015 levels at 74 bcf/d (2.1 bcm/d).

The Appalachian region - including the the Marcellus and Utica-Point Pleasant plays of Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania - remained the largest gas producing region. Appalachian gross withdrawals increased from 22 bcf/d (627 mcm/d) in 2016 to 24 bcf/d (686 mcm/d) in 2017.

Moreover, total gas exports rose by 36% in 2017, with LNG exports quadrupling: the United States became a net natural gas exporter in 2017 for the first time in nearly 60 years.

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