Report: Excess ethane byproduct in Marcellus Shale poses problems

09/13/2010 | ICIS News (U.K.)

The increasing natural gas output from the Marcellus Shale is resulting to a surplus in ethane, a byproduct of gas extraction and a key feedstock for the petrochemical industry, according to a report from Bentek Energy. However, the excess supply generated from gas production is considered by gas producers "a contaminant that could threaten development plans" in the Appalachian basin, Bentek said. "Without a viable off-take for ethane, the shale producers may be forced to curtail gas production."

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