January 2013

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HP Boxscore Construction Analysis: Is the US nearing the next construction boom?

US activity will be led by LNG liquefaction and export terminals, along with new and expanded fractionators, ethylene crackers and other petrochemical infrastructure.

Nichols, L., Hydrocarbon Processing

A lingering question for the US, and one that could determine the nation’s energy future, is what to do with the abundance of natural gas from unconventional sources such as domestic shale plays? Revised estimates by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) list recoverable shale gas reserves at around 542 trillion cubic feet (Tcf), and in its Annual Energy Outlook 2012, the EIA projects that US gas production will jump from 21.6 Tcf in 2010 to 26.1 Tcf–34.1 Tcf in 2035. This development could establish the US as the world’s leading gas producer since overtaking Russia in 2009. The abundance of natural gas has driven the price to a point where it may not be economical to

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