A world hungry for energy needs Appalachia, one of its greatest resource centers, to develop a multi-commodity energy hub, an analyst told attendees at the recent Marcellus-Utica Midstream Conference.

That hub should be “a chain of value chains. Not just one, but multiple,” said Greg Haas, director of integrated energy at Stratas Advisors.

NGL will be particularly critical to the concept, he said, noting that its plentiful supply in the Marcellus and Utica shales “is the driver for all the concepts and the energy around this concept of an energy hub.”