Shell Selects Pennsylvania for Proposed Ethylene Plant

March 15, 2012
Ohio and West Virginia lose out on multibillion-dollar plant.

Royal Dutch Shell said March 15 it has selected a site in Western Pennsylvania for a proposed ethane cracker that would utilize natural gas from the Marcellus Shale field.

The company signed a land option agreement with Horsehead Corp. to evaluate a site near Monaca, Pa., about 30 miles from Pittsburgh.

Shell had also been considering Ohio and West Virginia for the site.

The company said it took into consideration access to liquids-rich natural gas resources, water, road and rail transportation infrastructure, power grids, economics and acreage to accommodate potential future expansions.

The company's next steps include an environmental analysis of the site, engineering design studies, an ethane supply assessment and continued evaluation of the economic viability of the project.

During an energy conference last week, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said wherever the proposed plant lands,manufacturers in his state would still benefit from increased ethylene supplies in the region.

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