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WVU-led research team lays foundation for natural gas storage ‘hub’; opportunity for economic growth in the region

On August 29, WVU is releasing to the public  a study that shows how the region can support storage facilities that are critical for attracting petrochemical and related industries to the area. Researchers will present the data at a  technical workshop in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, hosted by the  Eastern Petroleum Technology Transfer Council, PTTC, at WVU.

“Appalachia is poised for a renaissance of the petrochemical industry due to the availability of natural gas liquids,” said  Brian Anderson, director of the  WVU Energy Institute. “A critical path for this rebirth is through the development of infrastructure to support the industry. The Appalachian Storage Hub study is a first step for realizing that necessary infrastructure.”

WVU study of rare earth elements moves to second phase

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory has selected West Virginia University to move forward with its program to extract valuable rare earth elements, vital to the technology industry, from coal mining by-products.

Phase two of the WVU project – which includes $3.38 million of federal and industry funding – will demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of extracting rare earth elements from acid mine drainage, or AMD. The selection follows two earlier NETL awards to study AMD as a feedstock to bolster U.S. domestic supplies of rare earth elements. 

Workshop Registration Open: "Appalachian Storage Hub for Natural Gas Liquids" Aug. 29

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PROJECT BACKGROUND
State officials in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia are promoting a high-technology program to enhance economic development by expanding the market for ethane and other natural gas liquids (NGLs) production from the liquids-rich Marcellus and Utica shale plays.  The vision is to create a robust infrastructure supporting the creation of value from the prolific NGLs production in the Appalachian Basin, including NGLs storage and trading plus pipeline infrastructure.