The shale gas industry contributed $76.8 billion to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) and supported more than 600,000 jobs in 2010, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg, according to a report issued Wednesday by the World Economic Forum (WEF) at IHS CERAWeek 2012 in Houston.
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Assumptions for pricing of volatile natural gas liquids (NGL) have been changed, but this should not affect the credit ratings of NGL companies, according to a report released Friday by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (S&P). Generally, there is a 20-25% discount relative to average spot market prices.
Whether the cash market follows the futures screen or vice-versais the source of considerable conjecture and debate in the naturalgas market-almost on a daily basis. Although there have been timeswhen futures have been the driving force in the market, many feelthat cash prices, egged on by solid heating demand, have liftedfutures prices out of the doldrums this month.