04 October 2011 11:46 [Source: ICIS news]
BERLIN (ICIS)--Shell hopes to reach a decision by the end of the year on the site of its proposed world-scale ethane cracker complex in the northeast of the ?xml:namespace>
The cracker will tap into feedstock made available from Shell’s shale gas acreage in the Marcellus field, which extends through
Shell was talking to local authorities and site owners either side of the
Its Marcellus shale gas acreage covers dry and wet gas but the wet gas is in the southern part of
The Anglo-Dutch oil giant has looked at former steel and coal manufacturing sites as possible locations for the cracker and downstream units, and a possible change of land use.
Earlier this year, the company said the downstream derivatives slate was being investigated but could include polyethylene (PE), as a top priority, and monoethylene glycol (MEG).
“Now we are looking at the optimisation between polyethylene and glycol – which polyethylene makes sense and the capacities and the options for glycol,”
“We definitely want a robust suite of derivatives to monetise the ethylene.” Shell could possible license PE technology for the polymer plant,
The current proposed on-stream date for the cracker is “after 2015”, he added.
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