Worldwide production of natural gas liquids is soaring — fueled largely by the U.S. drilling boom — and that rapid rise will alter the global energy market for at least a decade, analysts say.
Global production of natural gas liquids will grow from more than 26 million barrels a day currently to nearly 30 million barrels a day by 2023, according to research firm ESAI Energy.
Natural gas liquids — such as ethane, propane and butane — are natural gas derivatives used as fuel and petrochemical feedstocks.
Ohio's Utica shale is rich with NGLs.
“It is clear that natural gas liquids are a rising star in the oil patch,” ESAI Energy wrote in an analysis last Friday, noting that the growing abundance gives petrochemical companies more options for competitively priced fuels to use as feedstock.
In the last five years, U.S. production of natural gas liquids has increased from 500,000 barrels per day to more than 1.8 million barrels per day, as shale gas and tight oil exploration continues, according to a IHS report released last week.
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Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.