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A Niche Energy Opportunity

By Peter Staas, on Feb. 12, 2017

Although the mainstream media tends to focus on natural gas and crude oil when discussing the energy sector, natural gas liquids (NGL) are an important, if often overlooked, part of North America’s energy landscape.

This group of hydrocarbons, which occur underground with natural gas (methane) and crude oil, comprises five distinct commodities: ethane and propanebutane and isobutane and natural gasoline.

Processing plants extract NGLs from the gas stream, while fractionation facilities separate these hydrocarbons into discrete components for their various end-markets.

Despite their esoteric nature, NGLs have played an important role in the US shale oil and gas revolution.

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