Shell Chemical Signs Agreement for Proposed Pennsylvania Plant
Shell Chemical LP (Shell) has signed a land option agreement with Horsehead Corporation to evaluate a site in Potter and Center Townships for a potential petrochemical complex.
The complex, which would be located in Beaver County near Monaca, Pennsylvania, includes an ethane cracker that would upgrade locally produced ethane from Marcellus Shale gas production.
The development marks another phase as Shell continues to assess the commercial feasibility of a petrochemical complex in the Appalachian region. Next steps include additional environmental analysis, further engineering design studies, assessment of the local ethane supply, and continued evaluation of the economic viability of the project.
“We are very pleased to have signed this site option agreement,” said Dan Carlson, general manager, New Business Development, Shell Chemicals. “This is an important step for the project, and we look forward to working with the communities in Pennsylvania, and gas producers across Appalachia, as we continue our efforts to develop a petrochemical complex.”
In selecting the proposed site, Shell looked at various factors, including good access to liquids rich natural gas resources, water, road and rail transportation infrastructure, power grids, economics, and sufficient acreage to accommodate facilities for a world scale petrochemical complex and potential future expansions.
In addition to an ethane cracker, Shell is also considering polyethylene (PE) and mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) units to help meet increasing demands in the North American market. Much of the PE and MEG production would be used by industries in the northeast.
For more information, visit www.shell.com.
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