Webinar to focus on natural gas liquids

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The role of natural gas liquids from the Appalachian Basin will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

The presentation, from 1 to 2 p.m. on Nov. 17, will feature Matt Curry, founder of Dreadnought Solutions, a marketing solutions provider. He will discuss the importance of natural gas liquids  as well as looking at the marketing and moving of these products. 

"With steel’s long slow death, the once formidable industrial powerhouse just west of the Appalachian Mountains was reeling,” said Curry. “The Pittsburgh region had no idea it was sitting on not one or two, but three world-class shale formations that would make the Appalachian basin one of the largest natural gas fields in the world – and the economic engine that would make the region shine again."

Last March, Curry pointed out, Marcellus Shale ethane was first exported from Philadelphia’s Marcus Hook terminal. And, he added, after months of research, Shell announced it would be building a state-of-the-art cracker plant in Beaver County. 

Natural gas liquids have played an important role in the economics of the commonwealth and beyond, Curry said. “Less than a decade ago, the first large-scale Marcellus shale natural gas processing plant was commissioned. Today, the natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Utica formations have found their way to every corner of the globe, and they have also helped spawn what is to be the first ethane cracker plant built in the northeast United States.”

In the webinar, Curry will provide a broad overview of the regions’ natural gas liquid supply, the advent and growth of the regional natural gas liquids transportation options, the end markets and natural gas liquids usage.

The webinar is free, but registration is necessary. To register, visit the Penn State Extension Natural Gas Events Web page. More information is available on the website or by contacting Carol Loveland at 570-320-4429 or at cal24@psu.edu.

Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team provides monthly webinars on a variety of topics. The final webinar for 2016 is:

--Dec. 15: “Natural Gas Power Generation -- Reliability, Value, and Market Coordination,” presented by Matt Tripoli, project engineer and senior manager for development, and Greg Samilo, manager for development, both with IMG Midstream.

Previous webinars, publications and information also are available on the Penn State Extension natural-gas website, covering a variety of topics such as UAVs in the Energy field, seismic testing, methane emissions; water use and quality; Marcellus and Utica basins; natural gas reserves; gas-leasing considerations for landowners; legal issues surrounding gas development; and the impact of Marcellus gas development on forestland.

Previous webinars, publications and information also are available on the Penn State Extension natural-gas website, covering a variety of topics, such as Act 13; seismic testing; methane emissions; water use and quality; natural gas liquids regional development; natural gas reserves; gas-leasing considerations for landowners; legal issues surrounding gas development; and the impact of Marcellus gas development on forestland.

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Last Updated November 10, 2016