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Weekly Storage of Natural Gas in U.S. Increases

Working gas storage in the contiguous United States was 3,065 billion cubic feet in the week ending Aug. 11, a net increase of 35 billion cubic feet from the previous week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said Thursday.

The total working gas storage rose by 21.8 percent from this time last year, and was up 10.8 percent from the five-year average, according to the EIA’s Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report.

Working gas is defined as the amount of natural gas stored underground that can be withdrawn for use. Its storage capacity can be measured in two ways: design capacity and demonstrated maximum working gas capacity.

The contiguous United States consists of the country’s 48 adjoining states, plus the District of Columbia, and excludes the non-contiguous states of Alaska and Hawaii, and all off-shore insular areas.