Chemical

LNG Export, Petrochem Permits Key to ‘Capturing the Benefits of Shale’

The only thing holding back the country’s tremendous opportunity in shale gas is permitting — for petrochemical facilities, liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects and drilling in some states — according to ExxonMobil Chemical’s President Stephen D. Pryor.

September 26, 2013
Lack of LNG, Petrochem Permits Stifle Growth, Says ExxonMobil Exec

Lack of LNG, Petrochem Permits Stifle Growth, Says ExxonMobil Exec

The only thing holding back the country’s tremendous opportunity in shale gas is permitting — for petrochemical facilities, liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects and drilling in some states — according to ExxonMobil Chemical’s President Stephen D. Pryor.

September 26, 2013

World Ethylene Demand Growing; North America in Catbird Seat

North America’s copious natural gas resources have led to a “competitive resurgence” driving low-cost ethylene production, but the growth has created challenges in the Middle East, where operators are facing the “opposite and unfamiliar challenge of ethane supply limitations,” according to IHS Chemical.

September 3, 2013

Fish Kill in Kentucky Linked to Natural Gas Chemicals Spill

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) fluids spilled in 2007 from natural gas wells are believed to be the cause of “widespread death or distress” of an aquatic species in a small Appalachian creek in Kentucky, based on a joint study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).

August 30, 2013

Texas Researchers Develop More Efficient Membrane Water Filtration

A membrane-based filtration system being developed by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) could improve the efficiency of mobile water recycling systems used in conjunction with hydraulic fracturing (fracking) activities.

August 16, 2013

Marcellus Lease Involving Freshwater Impoundment Upheld

Chevron U.S.A. Inc.’s lease with a Marcellus Shale landowner in Fayette County, PA, allows the producer to construct an 11-acre freshwater impoundment to assist in drilling for natural gas, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled.

July 17, 2013

Petrochemical Investors Banking on U.S. Natural Gas

There’s hardly a place in the world more attractive today to petrochemical investment dollars than North America, an IHS Chemical executive said last week.

April 15, 2013

Petrochemical Investors Banking on U.S. Natural Gas

There’s hardly a place in the world more attractive today to petrochemical investment dollars than North America, an IHS Chemical executive said Tuesday.

April 10, 2013

Dow Expands Shale-Focused Project Slate

Continuing its strategy to take advantage of cheap U.S. natural gas and natural gas liquids, The Dow Chemical Co. plans to build several specialty material production units for its performance plastics franchise on the U.S. Gulf Coast, the company said last week. The plan further connects Dow’s U.S. manufacturing operations with cost-advantaged feedstocks available from shale gas.

March 25, 2013

LyondellBasell Lauds Shale, Will Expand Ethylene Capacity

LyondellBasell Industries, a worldwide chemical company based in the Netherlands, said it hopes to join other manufacturers in taking advantage of the abundance of natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGL) produced from shale formations as it begins construction this month on the first of several projects to expand ethylene capacity in the United States by about 20%.

March 19, 2013