Saturday, January 25, 2014

All things Marcellus

I have no heart to comment more on the endgame for USAirways as an employer of any scale in Pittsburgh...  it's all so the past. Let's check in on all things Marcellus. Lot's going on of late that is mostly under the radar.

Platts: Marcellus shale wells produce less wastewater than conventional wells: study 

SeekingAlpha: Marcellus Shale Sees Large Increase In Legacy Production Decline

 Ohio.Com: CGG completes three-tear Marcellus shale seismic study

PBT: Former Marcellus Shale Coalition Chief starts firm

Finally, and this is the most economically interesting story.. on the fabled shale impact on the chemical industry. It's real for sure, but...   WSJ: NOVA Chemicals announces first petrochemicals utilization of Marcellus Shale ethane at its Ontario cracker

and this is retread of something in the Trib, but mostly because I find the choice of photo with this article a bit bizarre. Upstreamonline:  Sustainable shale group 'has a tough road'

Also, kind of  a side note, but some remember when the big ethane cracker project did not go to West Virginia in large part because the casino they have running at the location in question was just too valuable to move. Story over the weekend implies it was not a bad tradeoff on their part.


Anonymous The Wiz said...

All good articles. Thanks for posting them. Not only is ethane being shipped to Sarnia but also several pipelines that used to ship nat gas from the Gulf to the NE are now being retro fitted to ship wet gas to the Gulf refineries for processing and/or export.

Another surprising use of Utica and Marcellus wet gas will be in the Keystone pipeline bringing Canadian tar sands oil to the Gulf Coast....if it is ever approved. Tar sands oil is very thick and must be heated for it to flow. There is talk of shipping the light liquids from the Utica in Ohio to be shipped west to be mixed with the tar sands oil to make it easier to pipeline. Don't know if that mixing will be done in Alberta or some intermediate spot.

Saturday, January 25, 2014 7:46:00 PM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

The point about waste water production per unit of gas produced being lower for Marcellus fracking than conventional NG wells is an interesting one. I'd also be interested to know how it compares to regional coal extraction on a per comparable-unit basis (BTU or something like that).

Monday, January 27, 2014 10:17:00 AM  
Anonymous The Wiz said...

Brian TH; I don't know the coal comparison, it would be very interesting as would a coal/gas man hour/BTU comparison.

Another point that you may find interesting......when methane burns it produces one CO2 and two H2O water molecules. Over the life of the well, the burning of the gas will produce substantially more water then what is injected in the well to frack it.

Monday, January 27, 2014 11:52:00 AM  

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