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Utica Shale gets its first distribution system

Alaskan PipelineZach Koppang

UGI Utilities Inc. is the first natural gas utility company in Pennsylvania to connect its delivery routes with wells in the Utica Shale play, according to a report by Pennsylvania Business Daily.

The connection is a direct link that carries natural gas between a well in the Utica Shale, two wells in the Marcellus Shale, and a UGI operated pipeline. For the new connection the company needed to build a new metering and regulating station system. The addition to the system increased the supply of natural gas to roughly 14,000 dekatherms and is supplying customers in Potter and Tioga counties.

The shale wells from which the gas is being transmitted are able to meet the energy requirements of over 50,000 households in UGI’s area of service. Kelly Beaver, the vice president of supply for UGI, said that, “UGI continues to explore opportunities to bring affordable, local natural gas to our customers throughout Pennsylvania.” She continued on to say that over 70 percent of the gas delivered with the system is produced in the Marcellus Shale, and adding the volumes of the less expensive Utica Shale gas adds confidence to their portfolio.

Read more: http://eaglefordtexas.com/news/id/139504/distribution-system-first-connect-utica-wells/

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College trains next generation of shale workers


THE next generation of shale gas workers will be trained in the North-East, college bosses have revealed.

Redcar and Cleveland College (RCC) says it will act as a national hub to nurture engineers for fracking.

The move is part of Government plans to create a National Centre for Oil and Gas, aimed at targeting the shale gas market, which ministers say could create more than 60,000 supply chain jobs.

The technique of targeting shale gas, which is known as fracking, drills into rock to fracture it with high pressure liquid to extract gas.

However, the Government has been accused by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) of overhyping fracking’s benefits.

The National College move came as RCC revealed plans for a £7.4m oil and gas training academy, which has received support from Tees Valley Unlimited Local Enterprise Partnership, the industry and Teesside University.

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$100,000 Available in the 4th Annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2014

For further information: Bill Hall/Director

Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center

814-933-8203 / billhall@psu.edu


$100,000 Available in the 4th Annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest!

STATE COLLEGE, PAAre you a researcher, entrepreneur, or small business in Pennsylvania or West Virginia focused on developing a new product or service for the shale energy space?  The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center www.sgicc.org just announced today their 4th Annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest, offering a total of 0,000 in cash prizes for the four best shale energy oriented innovations, new product ideas, or service concepts that are either in the development stage or recently launched.  A simple online application can be found at http://www.sgicc.org/2015-shale-gas-innovation-contest.html.

We also want to recognize the generous support of the Benedum Foundation that once again extends the contest to include West Virginia, as well as Pennsylvania.

In addition to the cash prizes, successful applicants will gain exposure to investors, potential partners, and industry sponsors.  This 4th Annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest is co-sponsored by Ben Franklin Technology Partners (http://www.benfranklin.org), AquaTech (www.aquatech.com), Chevron Technology Ventures (http://www.chevron.com/ctv/ctvi/), CONSOL Energy (www.consolenergy.com), First National Bank (www.fnb-online.com ), GE Oil & Gas (http://www.ge-energy.com), INABATA America Corporation (http://us.inabata.com/), Little Pine Resources (http://littlepineresources.com), the Marcellus Shale Coalition (http://marcelluscoalition.org), PPG Industries (http://corporate.ppg.com/), Praxair (www.praxair.com), Range Resources (http://www.rangeresources.com/), Shell (http://www.shell.com/), Steptoe & Johnson PLLC (http://www.steptoe-johnson.com/ ),Williams (www.williamsinthenortheast.com),  and XTO Energy (http://www.xtoenergy.com/). 

Bill Hall, Director of the SGICC noted, “We continue to be amazed by the rapid pace of innovation adoption across the shale energy play. Entrepreneurs along with many small businesses are playing a significant role, developing new technologies or offering existing products or services already in use in other areas, now being incorporated in to various aspects of the shale energy play. Through the contest SGICC shines a light on the best new innovations being developed in our region.”

Entering the competition is easy, requiring the completion of a simple online application found at http://www.sgicc.org/2015-shale-gas-innovation-contest.html. Any idea or already commercialized product or service related to the shale energy space is eligible. Examples include natural gas or NGL utilization products/services, novel materials or chemicals to enhance performance or, for instance prevent corrosion or improve product yield, remote site monitoring technologies, well pad EH&S products or services, natural gas or NGL conversion technologies, and water management or remediation technologies.

Finalists will be chosen by a panel of industry experts. To download an application, visit www.sgicc.org and click on the $100,000 Shale Gas Innovation Contest tabDeadline to enter is February 1, 2015.

For details regarding eligibility or other questions, contact Bill Hall at either 814-933-8203 or billhall@psu.edu.

About the SGICC

Description: Description: Description: dcedpreferredhorizrighthighTHUMBThe Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center (www.sgicc.org) is designed to harness innovation and new technologies as a means to maximize the economic return to Pennsylvania’s citizens from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations.  The Center’s goal is to increase sustainable employment and wealth creation in Pennsylvania that has the potential to outlast the initial exploration, production and transportation of natural gas from the formations.  The Center will also identify, support and commercialize technologies and early-stage businesses that enhance responsible stewardship of the environment while properly utilizing this transformative energy asset. 

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GE Water: Marcellus fuels growth

Water-300x171Joseph N. DiStefano

GE Power & Water employs more than 350 at the Trevose headquarters and labs of its $2.5 billion/annual sales, 7,500-employee Global Water and Process Technologies business, and the engineers who run the group expect more business for customers in the region (revised) as the exploitation of Marcellus Shale gas and other fuels increases, chief executive Heiner Markhoff told a group of energy scholars and GE clients at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School on Thursday.

“The shale revolution is really changing the world,” Markhoff said. “We thought we’d be out of fossil fuels,” but scientists now expect shale gases and oil to last for centuries. He noted that shale fuel has sparked construction of “the first new petrochemical complex in Texas in a long time,” with plans for more in Virginia and wetsern Pennsylvania.

“With great opportunity comes great responsibility, too,” Markhoff added, citing the large volume of chemically-treated water needed in hydraulic “fracturing” that forces fuel to the surface through deep wells. GE sees opportunity in building more efficient, less polluting water systems to support energy extraction.

Read more:  http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inq-phillydeals/GE-Water-plans-higher-profile-.html#Cyd6pJGuAj3Qc27c.99

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