Marcellus Shale drillers struggle to find market for ethane-heavy gas

10/18/2010 | ICIS News (U.K.)

Natural gas drillers in the Marcellus Shale are facing the problem of transporting gas with higher ethane content through pipelines, as ethane-heavy gases tend to liquefy because of their contained heat, an analyst said Monday. The Northeast lacks the infrastructure to process such gas; nor are there ethylene producers that can use the gas as feedstock. "The amount of drilling and the low price of gas have combined to cause a situation" where it will only be viable for drillers if they can also sell natural gas liquids, the analyst added.

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