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Regional Activity in Energy this November

Posted Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Programs & Events, Member News, Energy

At the Chamber’s recent Fueling a Downstream Economy program on November 1, attendees heard from keynote speaker, Denise Brinley, Special Assistant to the Secretary, Strategic Initiatives, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development as she shared updates on economic development activity within the Commonwealth related to natural gas development. Her presentation made clear that the announcement by Royal Dutch Shell to build a cracker plant in Beaver County, located in western Pennsylvania will have a profound impact on the state including the Greater Philadelphia region.

Brinley discussed the many brownfield sites located within our state and the need to market these sites and promote energy development opportunities from this land use. On that day, the Governor’s office also made the public announcement of a new pipeline investment program–the PIPE program.

Following the keynote presentation, several panelists took the stage to discuss the development of the downstream economy in the Greater Philadelphia region. Their discussion focused on the region’s need for additional gas resources. When discussing his company’s recent decision to build a new production unit in Texas, Mark Nikolich, chief executive of Braskem America, expressed “I was disappointed to choose Texas, but we had to choose the place where we had easy access to feedstocks.”

Joe McGinn of Sunoco Logistics shared more details on the company’s plans for the Mariner East II line that would bring additional amounts of natural gas liquids (ethane and propane) to the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex in Delaware County. McGinn added that his company is looking at the possibility of building a propane-dehydrogenation plant which would potentially spur additional downstream development.

Below are what experts at Fueling a Downstream Economy had to say. Find more using #EnergyPHL.

On November 29, the Greater Philadelphia Energy Action Team (GPEAT) hosted an information session at Rutgers-Camden for action team members and the business communities in southern New Jersey. The program featured a keynote presentation by New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney and included a panel presentation which outlined the natural gas resources in the Marcellus Shale region, the economic benefits to the Greater Philadelphia region and the environmental best practices that are used within the industry.

If you are interested in learning more about the work of the Greater Philadelphia Energy Action Team (GPEAT) or becoming an Action Team member, please contact Erin Vizza. Members of GPEAT have the opportunity to work on issues surrounding the development of the energy and manufacturing sectors in the Greater Philadelphia region through working groups focused on Business Attraction and Marketing; Natural Gas Use; and Advocacy.

Learn more about the the opportunities and challenges for Greater Philadelphia to leverage the Marcellus/Utica natural gas resources to accelerate growth in our region detailed in the “A Pipeline for Growth: Fueling Economic Revitalization with Marcellus and Utica Shale Gas” report.

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