Natural Gas Liquids

NGL supply solutions for refineries, petrochemical manufacturers and industrial companies

Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) Marketing and Distribution

Before it can be used to make useful products for homes, businesses, and factories, raw natural gas must be transformed to meet regulatory requirements and pipeline quality standards. Part of this transformation involves the separation of heavy hydrocarbon liquids from the gas, a process which yields a valuable group of by-products used in a range of petrochemical and industrial sectors: Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs). NGL byproducts include natural-gas condensate – more commonly referred to as natural gasoline or simply condensate – as well as butane, propane, pentane and ethane.

Leveraging considerable supply chain experience and resources, Targray’s Natural Gas Liquids business is well-positioned to help meet the Natural Gasoline (condensate) supply requirements of petrochemical manufacturers, industrial companies, and refineries throughout the United States. To learn more about our NGL marketing capabilities, consult the table below.

NGL Market Review

Use of natural gasoline and other NGL’s in North America has increased over the last decade, particularly in the O&G sector where natural gas has become a fuel of choice. In addition, there has been a resurgence of gas use in industrial applications at the relatively low gas prices that have prevailed since the latter half of the 2010s, while growing production of natural gas liquids has created a renewed interest in petrochemicals production, where ethane and propane are key feedstocks.
Growing oil production from novel sources like oil sands has created opportunities for North American refineries to take advantage of crude supplies from various sources. Producers of natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids are driving infrastructure investment by committing to the pipeline capacity needed to ensure delivery of new supplies to markets. For more information, visit the GPA Midstream Association.

The Basics of NGL Storage

Storage of natural gas liquids is necessary as they may be produced in volumes that surpass the maximum capacity of the various NGL transportation methods available. In addition, production of some NGLs may not meet seasonal requirements in certain regions.

Large NGL volumes are typically stored as a pressurized liquid in underground caverns. While most of these caverns are in salt formations, some may be mined out of shale, granite, and limestone rock. In regions where geology is not well suited for underground caverns, large above-ground tanks may be used, as is the case for a majority of propane and butane products in the northeast.

By Rail | Railroad Tanker Cars

Many regions in the United States are not served by NGL pipelines. In these areas, Targray can transport wholesale and bulk volumes of NGL to its customers in pressurized railroad tanker cars.

By Waterway | Gas Carriers and Barges

Special marine vessels known as gas carriers or gas tankers transport NGL products to and from shipping ports throughout the United States. For shorter distances, we commission barges to transport products securely along navigable rivers and waterways.

By Pipeline | NGL Pipelines

Targray-managed gathering and distribution points link up with NGL pipelines to ensure that our natural gasoline safely reaches our focus markets.

Targray’s team of NGL marketing professionals are focused on securing reliable and cost-effective rail, barge, truck, and pipeline access. Our long-standing relationships with natural gas producers, midstream companies and other industry stakeholders enable us to help customers in several markets unlock value while minimizing supply chain risk.

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