Friday, September 13, 2013
Natural gas liquids are a rising star in the oil patch
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.
“It is clear that natural gas liquids are a rising star in the oil patch,” ESAI Energy wrote in an analysis 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 earlier this week. Read more here.