North Dakota Natural Gas Output Hits Record High in September, Flaring Edges Up

(Reuters) — Natural gas production in North Dakota rose to a record 3.440 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in September from an all-time high of 3.313 Bcf/d hit in August, while gas flaring also edged up.

Producers burned off, or flared, 0.182 Bcf/d of gas in September, up from 0.154 Bcf/d in August, keeping the percentage of gas flared at around 5%, the North Dakota Industrial Commission said in a report on Tuesday.

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 18,538 in September from an all-time high of 18,396 hit in August.

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