SPECIAL REPORT: Storms help tip balance of gas processing from historic centers

Declining natural gas production in Canada and the US in 2005 combined with robust growth elsewhere in the world to tip the balance of worldwide gas processing activity away from its historic center for the first time.The largest influence on gas processing in North America in 2005 is by now an oft-told story: The major gas production and processing belts of the US-the Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas coastlines on the Gulf of Mexico-were blasted by two massive hurricanes last year. The storms shut in much of the region’s production and processing for the rest of the year.Natural gas production in the US and Canada dipped sharply in 2005 (OGJ, Mar. 13, 2006, p. 68). Healthy process...

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