Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Oil & Natural Gas as Feed Stock in the Future




I wrote a number of posts over the last couple of years highlighting the value of oil and natural gas as sources of cheap energy.  But I continue to be intrigued by the possibilities of hydrocarbon based fuels as feed stock for chemical plants that produce all kinds of high value products.  Massive recycling programs that tap into the flow of plastics - far too much of which winds up in landfills - could provide additional feed stock to the plants.  The idea that oil and gas are not renewable resources depends, in large part, on the misconception that the highest and best use of oil and gas will always be to burn them as fuel.  Advances in science enable us to challenge that notion.

To that end, I was encouraged to see Shell exploring the possibility of a chemical plant in the Appalachian mountains that would utilize natural gas from the Marcellus Shale in the region as a feed stock.  Below is an excerpt from Shell's website and a link to the page that details some of the company's plans.

In the US, Shell is assessing the commercial feasibility of a chemicals plant in the Appalachian region. This could include a cracker to upgrade locally-produced Marcellus shale gas, a MEG plant and a polyethylene unit to serve customers in the north-east of the US.


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2 comments:

John Realing said...

Oil and Gas is a leading field in the world

sathyam shonkho said...

Employment opportunities for horizontal drilling in Oklahoma is massive. Oklahoma is all about oil and natural gas. Unemployment rate is way below than national average, and it’s because of this industry. Nearly one-quarter of all jobs in Oklahoma are tied to the energy industry. A recent research of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board shows us the oil and gas industry was responsible for pouring more then $51 million into the state's economy and created jobs for over 300,000 people.