Compositional variety complicates processing plans for US shale gas

Recently higher gas prices and improved drilling technology have spurred shale gas drilling across the US. Fig. 1 shows the shale plays currently being explored. Click here to enlarge imageSome of the more popular areas are the Barnett, Haynesville, and Fayetteville shales in the South and the Marcellus, New Albany, and Antrim shales in the East and Midwest. These plays represent a large portion of current and future gas production.But all shale gas is not the same, and gas processing requirements for shale gas can vary from area to area. As a result, shale gas processors must be concerned about elevated ethane and nitrogen levels across a field. Other concerns are the increased requirem...

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