If the United States has been called the Saudi Arabia of NGL, then the center of the action is the Marcellus-Utica Shale where burgeoning natural gas and liquids production keeps midstream operators hopping.

“The marketing opportunities are phenomenal if we get the right infrastructure in place,” said Jim Crews, vice president of business development for MarkWest Energy Partners LP, speaking at Hart Energy’s recent Marcellus-Utica Midstream Conference.

The panel speakers agreed there will be so much ethane production in the region that it could accommodate possibly as many as six ethane crackers, in addition to the one Shell is building in southwest Pennsylvania.