Special Report: Global processing capacity trails advances in production

Global gas processing activity in 2008 remained flat, despite gains in global natural gas production.Natural gas production last year advanced in every region, as climbing natural gas prices spurred global production growth of nearly 7% (OGJ, Mar. 9, 2009, p. 64).Each major region of the world witnessed growth in gas production, with the Middle East leading the way with more than 18% (1.8 tcf) growth. Countries of the Western Hemisphere produced more than 1.6 tcf (4.8%) over 2007.Gas processing capacity, however, lagged this growth. In the US, capacity moved ahead by nearly 2% but Canada's growth was flat (Table 1). For the entire world, OGJ's data show that capacity growth in virtually e...

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