US NGL infrastructure expansions follow shale development

Chris Smith Senior Technology Editor Rapid development of US shale gas has prompted a spike in domestic NGL production. Up to 75% of this new production will head to fractionators in Mont Belvieu, Tex.,1 with interest in exporting parts of it also growing. Either action will require building new pipelines and other midstream infrastructure. The renewed ready availability of domestic NGL has reinvigorated demand from the US petrochemical industry, with export demand also growing as US supplies become increasingly price competitive. US extraction rose 38% since 2006 to reach 2.4-million b/d last year, according to Peter Fasullo of En*Vantage Inc., Houston, with bottlenecks emerging both in ...

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