Appalachian shale gas could create new US petrochemical hub

By North American Shale magazine staff | February 09, 2018

The Northeastern U.S. rich in shale gas could become the country’s second great petrochemical hub. In its 2018 market outlook, Petrochemical Update said the Marcellus and Utica offer huge potential for jobs and economic development, but other factors including infrastructure, community support and a well-trained workforce are necessary to make it happen.

In the next 35 years, natural gas production could double from the 20 billion cubic feet per day numbers the Appalachia region boasts currently. Of the world’s total, the U.S. produces a quarter of all NGL, according to the American Chemical Council. The Marcellus and Utica plays are rich in NGLs, producing roughly 70 percent of its gas streams in the form of ethane or propane.