Shale Gas: A Game Changer

Impacts for American Chemistry, Manufacturing & U.S. Economy


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Access to vast, new supplies of natural gas from shale deposits is one of the most dramatic domestic energy developments in the last 50 years. Shale gas supplies not only provide domestic energy security, but also create a competitive advantage for U.S. petrochemical manufacturers. Ethane, a natural gas liquid derived from shale gas, is used as a feedstock by American companies. Affordable natural gas and ethane give U.S. manufacturers an advantage over global competitors that use a more expensive, oil-based feedstock. As recently as 8 years ago, U.S. Gulf Coast petrochemicals were being written off by industry observers. The U.S. industry had a position near the top of the cost curve and was in a worse position than Western Europe and Northeast Asia. But recently the ratio of oil to natural gas prices reached historic highs and is currently very favorable for U.S. competitiveness and exports of petrochemicals, plastics and other derivatives.

The need to enhance U.S. competitiveness pushed capital spending by the industry up in 2011 by 7 percent to about $29.4 billion, with capital spending expected to grow at a 9% pace over the next 5 years, mainly to support the replacement of worn out plants/equipment and make new investments to take advantage of the U.S. shale gas advantage.

With global competitiveness increasing as a result of the shale boom, increased spending for capacity additions are expected. New projects have been announced and the dynamics for sustained investment are in place. The benefits are being felt beyond petrochemicals and now include fertilizers and downstream products. Capital investment in North America is being reconsidered and a slew of new projects have been announced. More than $16 billion in new investments will likely occur, creating more than 400,000 new American jobs.


What you will learn:

♦ An understanding of the U.S. position on the global ethylene supply curve and what it means for global competitiveness
♦ Current activities in each major shale region/play and the current market drivers
♦ Potential job creation, capital investment and economic output resulting from increased supply of natural gas from shale
♦ Innovations stimulating the development of shale gas reserves
♦ The economic impact for downstream industries

Who should attend:

♦ EPC firms
♦ Engineering, business development
♦ Process engineers
♦ Policymakers
♦ Equipment and technology providers
♦ Investors and financial analysts
♦ Business strategists
♦ Transportation and construction engineers
♦ EHS professionals

Hear from these experts:

Keith B. Belton
Director of Federal Government Relations
The Dow Chemical Company


Keith Belton is Director of Federal Government Relations for The Dow
Chemical Company. He joined Dow in August of 2006.

Prior to joining Dow, Keith served as an economist with the Office of
Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President. Before joining the federal government in this position, Keith worked at the American Chemistry Council as a congressional lobbyist and regulatory analyst.

Keith holds a Bachelors degree in chemistry from the University of Maryland and a Masters degree (environmental science) and PhD (public policy) from the George Washington University.

A native of New Jersey, he currently resides in Millersville, Maryland, with his wife Karen and their two children.


Martha Gilchrist Moore
Senior Director for Policy Analysis and Economics
American Chemistry Council


Martha Gilchrist Moore is senior director for policy analysis and economics at the American Chemistry Council. In that role, Ms. Moore analyzes the impact of various policy initiatives and energy trends on the chemical industry, in particular recent developments in shale gas. She also directs the Council's research on the direct and indirect economic contributions of the business of chemistry and the benefits to consumers. Ms. Moore has worked on chemical industry issues for more than 15 years and is an authority on the market dynamics for the chemical industry and its end-use customer industries. Ms. Moore holds a master's degree in economics from Indiana University and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of the National Association for Business Economics and the National Capital Area Chapter of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics.

Rebekkah Marshall
Chemical Engineering


Rebekkah Marshall is the Editor-in-Chief of Chemical Engineering magazine, the leading technical information resource for chemical engineers who work in the chemical process industries. Rebekkah has worked for Chemical Engineering for more than 10 years and holds a B.S.Ch.E. from the University of Kansas. Before joining Chemical Engineering's editorial staff more than 10 years ago, she worked for Parsons Corp. in Houston, Tex., Pasadena, Calif., and New York,  handling environmental permitting and design issues for large-scale projects in the U.S. and the Middle East.       

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Windows 7 - Click on the Windows Start icon, then choose "Control Panel" > "Sound," > "Sounds" tab. Scroll down the "Program" menu until you reach "Start Navigation." Set the sound to [None] and click "OK." The clicking will be disabled.
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