By Al Troner, President Asia Pacific Energy Consulting (APEC)
U.S. production of field (lease) condensates is growing like crazy, especially in the Eagle Ford. There is way too much of this material for it to be absorbed into traditional crude blending markets. At the same time the production of plant condensate, a.k.a. natural gasoline, is also increasing along with the yield of all other products from natural gas processing plants. A glut of condensates has developed and is getting worse. Clearly this is an opportunity for new market development, and the bizdev community is hard at work coming up with concepts, projects and proposals to use all of this material in the U.S. and in export markets. But there is a problem. Condensate markets in different geographies seem to have little in common with each other. It’s like walking through the looking glass. One term can have several meanings. One meaning can be ascribed to several terms. Today we launch a RBN blog series to make sense of it all.