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Shale Boom Fuels Third Year of Record U.S. Gas Output

  • The Energy Information Administration reported an all-time monthly high of 105.5 billion cubic feet per day in December 2023.
  • Overall production in 2023 surpassed the previous year by 3.7%, continuing a growth trend despite a slight slowdown.
  • Major contributions to this record output came from the shale-producing regions of Appalachia, Permian, and Anadarko.

I previously reported that the U.S. set a new oil production record in 2023 and became the world’s top liquefied natural gas exporter. I also noted that it was likely that the U.S. set a natural gas production record in 2023, but that it wouldn’t be certain until the Energy Information Administration released the final numbers sometime in 2024.

The EIA has now released those numbers. December 2023 marked a new all-time monthly high for natural gas production, and overall production for the year beat the previous record by 3.7%. Following a small decline in 2020 that was Covid-related, the U.S. has now set natural gas production records for three consecutive years.

Annual Change in Natural Gas Production 2020 through 2023. ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION

The EIA reported “U.S. dry natural gas production in the Lower 48 states reached an all-time monthly high of 105.5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in December 2023, according to data from S&P Global Commodity Insights. In 2023, Lower 48 dry natural gas production increased 3.7% (3.6 Bcf/d) from 2022. Dry natural gas production increased 3.8 Bcf/d in the fourth quarter of 2023 (4Q23) compared with the average for the first three quarters of 2023.”

Most of the new production came from the shale-producing gas fields of the Appalachia region, the Permian region, and the Anadarko region. The one cautionary note made by the EIA was that production growth slowed in 2023, after rising sharply in 2021 and 2022.

The EIA’s release of natural gas production numbers for 2023 confirms the United States’ continued dominance in the sector. This data underscores the resilience of U.S. natural gas production and its sustained ability to achieve record-breaking milestones for three consecutive years.

By Robert Rapier 

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  • George Doolittle on January 29 2024 said:
    What continues to drive growth both for the Industry and the US economy is how cheap this natural gas is both at the wellhead all thru distribution and to the global end user. Simply put the USA is no longer major energy importer and in fact a major energy exporter now which is quite the change from *SEVENTY* Years ago let alone 7 Years ago. How the build out of Wind Power 2.0 still remains to be seen as well but on a "good" day Texas electricity production from wind power far surpasses any other power source.

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