North Dakota Natural Gas Output Reaches Record High in December, Flaring Eases

(Reuters) — Natural gas production in North Dakota in December rose to a record 3.525 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) from the prior all-time high of 3.469 Bcf/d in November, while gas flaring eased.

Producers burned off, or flared, 0.174 Bcf/d of gas in December, down from an estimated 0.188 Bcf/d in November, keeping the percentage of gas flared at around 95%, the North Dakota Industrial Commission said in a report on Thursday.

Flaring levels hit a peak of 36% in September 2011.

One billion cubic feet of gas is enough to supply about 5 million U.S. homes for a day.

The commission has set a goal of capturing at least 91% of gas pulled out of the ground after Nov. 1, 2020.

The number of producing wells, both oil and gas, rose to a preliminary record high of 18,753 in December from the previous all-time high of 18,743 in November.

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