Shale Energy Law Blog
Utica Shale Offers Midstream Business Opportunities
April 17, 2013
Typically, midstream or infrastructure investments by oil and gas companies follow drilling. But in Ohio billions of dollars are currently being poured into pipelines and facilities, including those currenlty under construction in Kensington and Scio, in anticipation of production of the Utica Shale formation. Given the estimated ultimate recovery projected for wells drilled in the Utica, and the recent surge in natural gas and oil production around the United States, experts predict that such investments will occur for the next twenty years. The midstream projects include laying more than a thousand miles of pipeline and the construction of processing facilities and compressor stations. In each kind of midstream project there are dozens of business opportunities that are providing jobs to local companies, ranging from biologists, arborists and chemists to construction specialists, mechanics, manufacturers and laborers.