EIA sees U.S. natgas production down 3.1 pct in 2010

NEW YORK Tue Dec 8, 2009 12:21pm EST

NEW YORK Dec 8 (Reuters) - The U.S. Energy Information Administration on Tuesday slightly raised its estimate for domestic natural gas production in 2009, noting minimal hurricane disruptions this year and significant growth in onshore shale output have contributed to increased supplies.

In its December Short-Term Energy Outlook, EIA said it expected marketed natural gas production to be up 3.7 percent in 2009, primarily due to strong shale output, then decline by 3.1 percent in 2010 to about 58.37 billion cubic feet per day.

EIA also forecast U.S. natural gas consumption this year would average about 62.15 billion cubic feet per day, down 1.9 percent from last year due to a steep decline in demand from the industrial sector. (Reporting by Joe Silha)

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