EIA data shows that in the northeast region, natural gas production of 20 billion cubic feet (bcf) per day in 2017 should double in the next 35 years, accounting for 40 percent of total U.S. natural gas production. Dry natural gas production in the eastern region of the U.S.is forecast to grow by a third between 2015 and 2025.
The U.S. produces 25 percent of all the world’s NGL and more than 25 percent comes from the northeast, according to the American Chemical Council (ACC). From 2026 to 2030, NGL production for U.S. demand alone is expected to reach nearly 6.3 million barrels per day (bpd). More than 1 million bpd of NGL will be sourced from the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays.
Unique to the region is that up to 40 percent of the natural gas produced from the Marcellus and Utica shale play is rich in NGL. More than 70 percent of it is ethane and propane.