Gas-quality debate heats up as more US LNG imports loom

06/14/2004
Over the last 4 years, two distinct influences have raised-end user concerns over the hydrocarbon content of natural gas in the US.Sharp increases in the price of natural gas have created a difficult environment for the economical extraction of NGL. At times, producers and processors have found it to be more profitable to leave NGLs in the gas and sometimes very costly to extract them.Some processing plants have shut down because of these unfavorable economic conditions, and some unprocessed natural gas has flowed through the transmission pipelines. Because of this, some pipelines have experienced unacceptable accumulations of heavier NGLs.Meanwhile, development of large gas projects outs...
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