MDN previously wrote about Natural Gas Intelligence’s awesome, huge 52″ x 36″ wall map showing every major (most minor) natural gas pipelines (202 of them!), resource plays (185 of them!) and more (See the Map that Changed How MDN Views the NatGas World). What do you do, however, if you’re on the road, at home or out of the office and you can’t glance at your handy Shale/Resource Plays & Natural Gas Pipelines wall map? NGI has thought of that too. When you buy an NGI wall map (MDN Users Get 25% off, here’s how), you also get a PDF version as well–something you can literally take anywhere with you, for use on your laptop or your smartphone. The PDF version has become our favorite. Don’t tell NGI, but we’ve zoomed in on the Appalachian portion of the map to show you just how much information you’ll find if you decide to get your own copy. Buckle up to enjoy the ride!…
Below is a portion of the NGI 2017 Shale/Resource Plays and Natural Gas Pipelines Wall Map for North America.
What are you looking at above?
1. The shale plays are shaded green (for shale) and tan (for conventional) plays. You’ll notice the Utica underlies most of the Marcellus. The Marcellus is outlined in a heavy black outline, kind of in the shape of a shark. The Utica is outlined in a dotted red line. Yes, there are other shale plays in the region too–the Rogersville, Huron, Upper Devonian, Chattanooga and more. More on the these “stacked” plays below. For now, a number of things stand out to us: perhaps half of New York State is underlain by the Marcellus, and about two-thirds of New York is underlain by the Utica. What a shame New York currently blocks shale drilling. The Rogersville Shale underlies much of West Virginia. Who knew?!
2. There are pipelines running everywhere in our region. The name of each pipeline can be found along it, somewhere. Keep looking! Squeezing the names in is a challenge. The map contains a full key of all 185 pipelines displayed on the map. Sometimes a pipeline runs in a more-or-less straight line, like the Millennium, Transco or Equitrans pipelines. Other times pipelines branch out in multiple directions, like a fishbone–check out NFG’s pipeline network. Not only are existing pipelines on the map, so too are proposed pipelines, like NEXUS, Atlantic Coast and Atlantic Sunrise. It’s all in there!
3. The red circles with numbers in them are natural gas trading points along pipelines–locations where natural gas is bought and sold. Red circle #73 is Dominion South, often mentioned as the “new” Henry Hub–at least for natural gas pricing in the northeast. What are those blue circles with numbers? Good question! They represent natural gas trading points where gas is either imported from/exported to Canada. A LOT of gas flows back and forth, depending on the geography, between us and our cousins to the north.
4. LNG import and export facilities are displayed with a star and a number, so you can use the key to lookup the name. The orange star with 15 denotes the Cove Point LNG export facility coming online in the next couple of months. There are several LNG import facilities in New England.
Let’s return to the subject of all those shale plays, some of them sitting one atop another. NGI has figure out how to further help you understand where the plays are located with a handy dandy “inset”–another, smaller map along the edge of the larger map. Here’s the inset for the plays in the Appalachian region:
Notice the cool representation above. You can see that the Marcellus sits atop (is closer to the surface) than the Utica by the way NGI uses shading on the map. As you move down, notice the layering for the Huron, Rogersville, Upper Devonian and Utica. Neat.
OK, have we made you really really want these maps? Good! That’s what we intended to do! Please note that MDN editor Jim Willis is writing this post as part of an advertising sponsorship for NGI. However, also note that every word is true. Jim owns the maps. Jim uses the maps. Jim loves the maps! So it’s easy for him to write a post gushing about these fabulous products.
Who Needs These Maps?
If you are a natural gas buyer/trader, you need these maps. If you work in the accounting department reconciling gas trade information, you need these maps. If you work for a producer (i.e. driller), you need these maps. If you work for a midstream (pipeline) company–yes, you need these maps. Investors? You need the maps too. Government regulators? You need the maps. We can go on. Just about everyone needs these maps!
The North American map is $425–and that gets you a physical wall map PLUS the handy dandy PDF version of the same map, always available on your computer or smart phone. If you want the PDF only, that will run you $375 for the North American map.
For the first time ever, NGI also has a Mexico map–for $129 for both a physical wall map plus a PDF version ($99 for the PDF only).
MDN Readers Get 25% Off!
Having given you the prices, here’s the whipped cream with a cherry on top. Because you are an MDN reader, and because you’ve read this far, YOU can order any of the above combinations for 25% off! This is a special extended to MDN readers. What in the world are you waiting for! Order now.
Here’s How to Order
Here’s how it works: Purchase your map(s) by the close of business on Sept. 25th and make sure to enter “LASTCHANCE” in the box labeled ‘Promotional Code’ in the cart (see an example here) and then click ‘Update Cart’.
You won’t be sorry you did.