Industrial and Heating Demand May Fall This Winter; Prices May Follow in 2006

A survey conducted by Industrial Energy Consumers of America found that 54% of industrials surveyed said their natural gas demand would decrease this winter. Separately, weather forecaster WSI Corp. predicted a mild winter, with only the Northwest cooler than normal. Two analysts speaking to the Independent Petroleum Association of American last week said that they expect natural gas prices between $7 and $8 next year. Natural Gas Intelligence has all three stories [Subscription required]. Decreased demand and prices could affect the number of LNG terminals built in the U.S. and the supply available to them.

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