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Jan.18 webinar on underground storage of natural gas liquids in the Appalachian Basin features Patchen and Anderson

 Douglas Patchen and Brian Anderson
Douglas Patchen and Brian Anderson

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- For the petrochemical industry to grow in the Appalachian Basin, it is important for the natural gas liquids found in the Utica and Marcellus shale gas plays in eastern Ohio, western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia to be immediately available.  Creating a strong infrastructure for the industry is important, including NGL storage, trading and pipeline infrastructure.

Dr. Douglas Patchen, director, Resource Extraction Division, National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University will discuss the research involved in determining possible underground storage potential in a webinar conducted by Penn State Extension’s Marcellus Education Team.  Patchen will be joined by Dr. Brian Anderson, director of WVU’s Energy Institute, to discuss the economic and business potential of creating a storage and trading hub in the Appalachian region.

Having recently completed the playbook for the Utica/Point Pleasant Play, the Appalachian Oil and Gas Research Consortium was tasked with conducting this study within a 12-month period. 

“The Appalachian NGLs storage hub study revealed that we have adequate storage potential for NGLs in three types of storage 'containers': solution cavities in the Salina F4 salt, mined cavities in the Greenbrier Limestone, and depleted gas reservoirs in older producing fields and gas storage fields,” said Patchen. 

“We are fortunate to have in this area not one, but two shale plays from which significant amounts of NGLs can be produced.”  Anderson added, “The challenge, however, is to develop a transportation and storage infrastructure that is sufficient enough to retain some of the NGLs in this area to support a revitalized petrochemical industry.”

The webinar, “Geologic Options for Subsurface Storage of Utica – Marcellus NGLs" will be held Thursday, January 18, from 1-2:30 p.m. EST.  While free, registration for the educational webinar is required at  For more information, contact Carol Loveland at 570-320-4429 or by email at



CONTACT: Tracy Novak, Communications Director, WVU National Research Center for Coal and Energy; 304-293-6928

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