Last June, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released its “Natural Gas Liquids Primer” update. The report showcased the incredible potential of the Appalachian Basin as a target for investment for numerous industries—including manufacturing and ethylene or polyethylene projects.

The DOE report projected surging production of natural gas in the Appalachian Basin, now expected to quadruple total eastern U.S. production from 2013 levels by 2050. Because the region is a major wet gas producer, DOE also projects NGL production will increase more than 700% by 2023.

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