Marcellus, Utica region needs more outlets for natural gas

With natural gas production in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays having tripled in the past five years, the region must now add to its network of natural gas-fired power plants and develop more projects such as the ethane “cracker" plant that Royal Dutch Shell is building in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, reports Engineering News-Record. The news site says the region’s future also depends on several pipeline projects that would allow Utica and Marcellus natural gas to be shipped east, north and west. "It's all going to depend on our ability to build pipeline from where it is to where it needs to be," said Sam Andrus, IHS Markit's senior director for North American natural gas research. For more, read the full story.

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