Higher Western Canada spot prices limit U.S. natural gas imports from Canada

U.S. imports of natural gas by pipeline at U.S.-Canada border crossings in the western United States fell to an estimated average of 6.2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in April and 6.3 Bcf/d in May 2020, according to Genscape pipeline flow estimates. Imports by pipeline into these western states account for most U.S. natural gas imports and tend to be less seasonal than imports by pipeline in the eastern United States. In recent months, natural gas spot prices in Alberta, Canada–where nearly all of Canada’s natural gas is produced–have been higher than spot prices at the U.S. natural gas benchmark Henry Hub.
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