Marketed ethane production reached a high of 1.4 million barrels per day (MMBPD) in the second quarter of 2017, according to the September edition of the Energy Information Administration’s Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO).
A year-long geological study by West Virginia University and its partners found multiple sites that would support a proposed ethane storage facility in the Appalachian Basin, Kallanish Energy reports. The study analyzed about 50 counties in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia along the Ohio and Kanawha rivers.
Shell Chemical has agreed to install at least four continuous air monitors at its planned ethane cracker plant in Beaver County, Pa., northwest of Pittsburgh, Kallanish Energy reports. The agreement with two environmental groups, Clean Air Council and the Environmental Integrity Projects, ends a two-year legal battle.
Natural gas processing capacity in the Appalachian Basin has grown exponentially in the last seven years, and is key to increasing natural gas and natural gas liquids production in the basin, the Energy Information Administration states.
Ethane is a unique energy commodity – the only such energy product that can morph from being sold as part of the natural gas stream, to being separated and sold to petrochemical plants as feedstock.
Drinkers in Ohio are helping the state support a proposed $5.7 billion ethane cracker plant which has already attracted more than $130 million in investments over the last 28 months, Kallanish Energy reports.
Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners and United Kingdom-based Navigator Holdings plan to build an ethylene marine export terminal on the Houston Ship Channel in Texas, Kallanish Energy reports.