Shell announces Monaca, PA site proposed petrochemical complex

Shell announces Monaca, PA site for proposed petrochemical complex

11:57 PM, 18th March 2012
Shell announces Monaca, PA site for proposed petrochemical complex
Dan Carlson, General Manager, New Business Development, Shell Chemicals.

PITTSBURGH, US: Shell Chemical LP (Shell) signed a land option agreement with Horsehead Corporation to evaluate a site in the US Appalachian region for a potential petrochemical complex. The complex includes an ethane cracker that would upgrade locally produced ethane from Marcellus Shale gas production. The site is located in Potter and Center Townships in Beaver County near Monaca, Pennsylvania.

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.

This positive development marks another phase as Shell continues to assess the commercial feasibility of a petrochemical complex in the Appalachian region. The next steps for this project include additional environmental analysis of the preferred Pennsylvania site, further engineering design studies, assessment of the local ethane supply and continued evaluation of the economic viability of the project.

“We are pleased to have signed this site option agreement. This is an important step for the petrochemical complex and we look forward to working with the communities in Pennsylvania, and gas producers across Appalachia,” said Dan Carlson, General Manager, New Business Development, Shell Chemicals.

Shell looked at various factors to select the preferred site, 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.

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