Natural Gas: PA Dept. of Community and Economic Development

June 26, 2017

Pennsylvania is the second-largest producer of natural gas in the country - with production up more than 2,400% between 2005-2014 - but our natural gas market extends beyond production.

Pennsylvania is the second-largest producer of natural gas in the country - with production up more than 2,400% between 2005-2014 - but our natural gas market extends beyond production. Natural gas usage fits into many aspects of our economy, including heat, power, downstream manufacturing, and electricity generation. Other natural gas uses, such as compressed natural gas, offer inexpensive transportation fuel to companies who locate in the state. With Royal Dutch Shell’s planned ethylene plant and a local, reliable, and inexpensive source of feedstock, plastics products manufacturing stands to grow exponentially.

Natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) – particularly ethane and propane – are powering our economy. These resources can be used in a variety of ways, including as fuel for heat and electricity generation, transportation fuel, and as valuable feedstock for downstream manufacturing of plastics and chemicals.

An independent study produced by IHS Markit states that the Marcellus and Utica region has the supply and the means to recover enough ethane to support the development of an additional four world-scale ethane crackers to produce polyethylene (PE), a key resin and foundational building block for a wide variety of plastics products. This would be in addition to the planned Shell ethane cracker plant in Southwestern Pennsylvania announced in 2016.

See original article at Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

 

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