Storage hub carries big concept, price, but enormous economic potential

May 20, 2017

For most of the past year, the biggest story in energy in the Appalachian Basin has been the advent of the Shell ethane cracker plant, which is now under construction in Beaver County.

But details on the concept of a midstream hydrocarbon storage system at an upcoming conference next month could be the catalyst for attracting additional petrochemical investment and growth in the region, from more crackers to additional chemical and plastics manufacturing.

The Appalachian Storage Hub conference, the first of its kind in the region, to be held June 15 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Southpointe, will discuss efforts already under way to build a hub for storing raw material hydrocarbons like ethane and butane.

The hub can also include storage for manufactured chemical intermediates such as ethylene...

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