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Posted July 29, 2015Today in Energy

New methanol and fertilizer plants to increase already-growing industrial natural gas use ›

Reversing a decline that lasted more than a decade, industrial natural gas consumption has grown steadily since 2009 as relatively low natural gas prices have supported use of natural gas as a feedstock for the production of bulk chemicals. Industrial facilities, including methanol plants and ammonia- or urea-based fertilizer plants, consumed an average of 21.0 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas in 2014, a 24% increase from 2009. More

Source: EIA, based on Bentek Energy and industry reports


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