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U.S. production rise expected to dent Canadian natural gas growth

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The National Energy Board predicts that conditions will worsen for Canada’s struggling natural gas producers.

It says Canadian natural gas output will decline through 2018 as production rises in the United States.

It also expects Canadian natural gas prices will fall this year before before strengthening gradually into 2018.

The predictions are contained in a report published Thursday morning by the NEB, an independent federal agency based in Calgary.

The NEB says a warmer-than-usual winter means that less natural gas will be needed this summer to fill storage for the next home heating season.

The board says a decline in gas prices over the past two years
has had a “profound” impact on Canadian producers.