Upcoming Webinar Discusses Natural Gas Role in Plastics

Just how does natural gas transform the economics of the Appalachian basin and the production of plastics?
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Updated: September 8, 2017

Upcoming Webinar Discusses Natural Gas Role in Plastics

News of Shell’s cracker plant in Monaca, PA has opened a floodgate of discussion on local use of natural gas products, workforce and business opportunities. Just how does natural gas transform the economics of the Appalachian basin and the production of plastics?

This month’s webinar helps to answer this question and others as Jason Williams, Engineering Research and Industry interaction Coordinator with Penn State Behrend's and Dan Brockett, Penn State Shale Team Extension educator join forces to discuss how natural gas products increase the manufacturing of plastics.

The availability of lower cost polyethylene within the eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania region has the potential to dramatically improve the economics of the region’s plastic manufacturing sector. “Until just a couple of years ago, no market was available for ethane produced in the Appalachian Basin. In a couple of years from now, there will be a local market for ethane”, states Brockett. He will discuss plant operations, scale, and the current plastics industry. “Penn State Behrend is poised to support this growth through education, workforce development, and research.” Williams adds.

The webinar, “Gas, Cracker, Polymers, Pellets – Ethane’s Journey to Plastics” will be held Thursday, September 21st from 2 to 3 PM ET. While free, registrations for the educational webinars are necessary. Please go to Gas, Cracker, Polymer, Pellets to register. For more information, contact Carol Loveland at 570-320-4429 or by email at cal24@psu.edu .

Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team provides monthly webinars on a variety of topics. Upcoming webinars include:

September 21 Gas, Cracker, Polymers, Pellets - Ethane’s Journey to Plastics 2 to 3 PM Jason Williams, Engineering Research and Industry Interaction Coordinator and Sr. Lecturer in Engineering, PLET, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College and Dan Brockett, Penn State Extension Educator

October 19 Liquid Natural Gas: Small Scale Commercial Impacts & Opportunities Tim Miller, Engineering Manager, Frontier Natural Resources

November 16 Abandoned wells in Pennsylvania: What is a reasonable estimate? Dr. Terry Engelder, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geosciences, Penn State University

December 21 The SEDA-COG Natural Gas Cooperative: A New Regional Approach Don Kiel, Executive Director and Secretary, SEDA-COG Natural Gas Cooperative, Inc.

Previous webinars, publications and information also are available on the Penn State Extension natural-gas website, covering a variety of topics such as liquid natural gas, global gas markets; methane emissions; water use and quality; Marcellus and Utica basins; natural gas reserves; gas-leasing considerations for landowners; legal issues surrounding gas development; and the impact of Marcellus gas development on forestland.