Shell finalizes build new petrochemicals complex in US

Shell finalizes to build a new petrochemicals complex in US

10:31 AM, 8th June 2016
Shell finalizes to build a new petrochemicals complex in US

PITTSBURGH, US: Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) has taken the final investment decision to build a major petrochemical complex, comprising an ethylene cracker with polyethylene derivatives unit, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (US). Main construction will start in approximately 18 months, with commercial production expected to begin early in the next decade.

The project will bring new growth and jobs to the region, with up to 6,000 construction workers involved in building the new facility, and an expected 600 permanent employees when completed.

The complex will use low-cost ethane from shale gas producers in the Marcellus and Utica basins to produce 1.6 million tonnes of polyethylene per year. Polyethylene is used in many products, from food packaging and containers to automotive components.

The facility will be built on the banks of the Ohio River in Potter Township, Beaver County, about 30 miles north-west of Pittsburgh. As a result of its close proximity to gas feedstock, the complex, and its customers, will benefit from shorter and more dependable supply chains, compared to supply from the Gulf Coast. The location is also ideal because more than 70 percent of North American polyethylene customers are within a 700-mile radius of Pittsburgh.

“Shell Chemicals has recently announced final investment decisions to expand alpha olefins production at our Geismar site in Louisiana and, with our partner CNOOC in China, to add a world-scale ethylene cracker with derivative units to our existing complex there, this third announcement demonstrates the growth of Shell in chemicals and strengthens our competitive advantage,” said Graham van’t Hoff, executive VP for Royal Dutch Shell plc’s global chemicals business.

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