UPDATE 1-U.S. natgas up 2% on colder forecasts; Freeport LNG delay
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Nov 15 (Reuters) - U.S. gas futures gained about 2% on Tuesday on forecasts for colder weather and more heating demand week than previous estimates, but expectations that Freeport LNG will delay the restart of its liquefied gas (LNG) export plant in Texas clouded the outlook.
Freeport LNG, as of Monday afternoon, had submitted to the Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Many analysts believe that means the plant will return until December at the earliest.
Global gas markets have been extremely focused on Freeport this month, with U.S. futures gaining or losing more than 5% in seven of the past 10 days. Some people have created fake releases on Freeport letterhead and posted unfounded tweets about pipe cracks to sway the market up or down.
Some traders have called on the U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to investigate the flood of misinformation.
Until late last week, Freeport had said repeatedly that the plant, which shut after an explosion on June 8, was on track to return to service in November. The company, however, did mention a November restart, or any restart date, in comments made on Friday or Monday.
"Speculating on Freeport's restart timeline is a loser's game, but resuming output by year-end would provide the boost in demand that bullish market participants have been anticipating, resulting in an upside catalyst for prices," Ade Allen, an analyst at energy research firm Rystad Energy, said in a .
Once the 2.1-billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) Freeport facility returns to service, U.S. gas prices should rise due to increased demand from LNG export plants. On the flip side, the delay in Freeport's return means less gas available for Europe TRNLTTFMc1 to import, a factor which helped prices there spike around 7% on Tuesday. Europe U.S. gas because it is getting as much Russian fuel as usual after imposing sanctions on Moscow for Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
A couple of vessels were waiting to pick up LNG from Freeport, according to Refinitiv data. Prism Diversity and Prism Courage were offshore from the plant, while LNG Rosenrot and Prism Agility were expected to arrive in late November.
But one vessel, Prism Brilliance, which had been waiting outside the Freeport plant, seems to have given up on Freeport and was sitting outside of Corpus Christi where Cheniere Energy Inc LNG.A has an LNG export plant.
Front-month gas futures NGc1 rose 10.1 cents, or 1.7%, to settle at $6.034 per million British thermal units (mmBtu).
Gas futures are up about 63% so far this year as much higher global gas prices feed demand for U.S. exports due to supply disruptions and sanctions linked to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Gas was trading at $37 per mmBtu at the Dutch Title Transfer Facility (TTF) in Europe TRNLTTFMc1 and $27 at the Japan Korea Marker (JKM) in Asia JKMc1. NG/EU
U.S. gas futures lag global prices because the United States is the world's top producer with all the fuel it for domestic use, while capacity constraints and the Freeport outage have prevented the country from exporting more LNG.
Data provider Refinitiv said average gas output in the U.S. Lower 48 states slid to 99.1 bcfd so far in November, down from a record 99.4 bcfd in October.
With much colder weather coming, Refinitiv projected average U.S. gas demand, including exports, would jump from 121.7 bcfd this week to 127.0 bcfd week. The forecast for week was higher than Refinitiv's outlook on Monday.
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(Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by Paul Simao and Richard Chang)
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