Special Section: Energy - Expanding the Shale Gas Infrastructure

August
2012

Development of U.S. shale gas resources will require expansion of infrastructure assets ranging from roads and rails to pipelines and seaports to power-generation plants and ethane crackers, and more.

The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) estimates that over the next 25 years, the U.S. will need to add approximately 43 billion cubic feet per day (cfd) of natural-­gas transmission pipeline capacity; 414,000 miles of new gas-­gathering lines; 32.5 billion cfd of gas-­processing capacity; 14,000 miles of new lateral pipelines to and from power plants, processing facilities, and storage fields; and 12,500 miles of transmission lines with a capacity of 2 million barrels per day (bpd) to transport natural gas liquids (NGLs) (1). These infrastructure needs, however, are only part of the picture.
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