Ohio’s large shale resources provide substantial opportunities for companies interested in capitalizing on the state’s dive into shale development.   On October 31, industry experts gathered at the Advanced Energy B2B Expo in Columbus, Ohio to discuss the many downstream opportunities becoming available to businesses, particularly as to the chemical & polymer industry.  

David Mustine, Managing Director of Energy, Chemicals, & Polymers with JobsOhio, outlined many of the ways in which Ohio’s development of natural gas resources could impact businesses in the region.  According to Mustine, for example, the chemicals industry is a large consumer of natural gas, the polymers industry utilizes butane and propane that can replace oil in its operations, and incoming refineries will impact logistics providers.  Natural gas storage and processing facilities also should see significant increases in demand for their services going forward.

Additional coverage of this conference can be found here.  Our previous coverage of how future shale development will affect downstream businesses and operators can be found here.