AFPM 2013: NGL production to increase 1.5 million b/d by 2018: Bentek analyst

Monday, March 25, 2013

A marked surge in natural gas liquids production of nearly 1.5 million b/d due to shale gas plays primarily in the Marcellus, Utica and Eagle Ford regions is estimated to increase US production to 3.88 million b/d by 2018, senior Bentek Energy analyst Jennifer Brickle said Monday in a presentation given on the sidelines of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers' annual conference.

Bentek is a unit of Platts.

"We really see US NGLs production set to increase 1.5 million b/d between 2012 and 2018, before factoring in ethane injection," Brickle said.

The ethane takeaway will begin in 2014.

"Specifically, the biggest infrastructure growth in terms of processing is expected from the Northeast in the dry gas areas of Pennsylvania, with 2.7 Bcf/d coming online in the Marcellus region and 1.8 Bcf/d in the Utica region by 2018," Brickle said.

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