Posted on: 01. 29. 18
The natural gas and oil mining industries may seem like very straight-forward industries with products that may seem predictable. While the standard gasoline and natural gas liquids are the norm in the industry, there are other products and materials mined that can easily be confused with each other due to their similar names. Most notably, dry natural gas!
At Pro-Gas, we believe in providing our products and services to leaders in the industry, but we also believe in the importance of understanding every aspect of the industry that it has to offer. Here is how facility owners can best identify the main differences in products from the natural gas and oil industries.
Is There a Difference Between Wet and Dry Natural Gas?
The short answer to this question is a resounding “yes!” You may be thinking, “Isn’t all gas dry gas?” Of course it is! But dry natural gas is any gas that contains methane.
If you are having gas extracted from the Marcellus Shale, for example, is considered a wet gas. This is because wet gas contains methane AND other compounds like ethane and butane. These ingredients are what makes this gas best for production of Natural Gas Liquids (also referred to as NGLs).
The importance of drilling for wet or dry natural gas in the industry really depends on how the market views either material at a certain point in time.
What is Shale Gas?
Although natural gas liquids and dry natural gas may be industry standards, shale gas is also equally important to drillers. Shale gas comes from the Shale rock and is extracted through the fracking method. Shale consists of 33 percent of the world’s rock, so it is no surprise that shale gas is something that is mined on a regular basis by facilities.
Why is Shale Gas Important?
Through advancements in technology, shale gas has become easier than ever to drill. As far as measurement in the industry goes, shale gas has an estimated abundance of 482 trillion cubic feet across the nation. Natural gas is used to power the world of many individuals, and the ease of access to shale gas makes this an easy win for gas facility operators.
Understanding Shale Oil
It is important to note that the fracking process is not only important for getting gas out, but also for mining natural oils. Shale rock not only provides the Earth with natural gas, but also has the capability of providing shale oil as well. Although there is a lot of buzz about this natural material, it only makes up about 10 percent of the world’s crude oil resources.
Pro-Gas, LLC Helps Your Facility Prepare for the Next Steps
If you are a facility owner, then the chances are that you want to be drilling and fracking natural gas and crude oils with the best equipment available. Pro-Gas LLC is confident in our NGL storage units, gas coolers, and all of the other pieces of equipment that we provide to facilities across the nation. Get in touch with us today to find out more about how our services can have an impact on your production.