11 January 2012 23:34 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US legislators from Pennsylvania are aggressively lobbying Shell to consider building an ethane cracker in their state, a US senator said on Wednesday.
Houston-based Shell announced plans to build an ethane cracker in Ohio, West Virginia or Pennsylvania, with the location expected to be revealed in January.
US Senator Bob Casey (Democrat-Pennsylvania) wrote a letter to Shell executive Mark Quartermain, encouraging him to invest in an ethane cracker in Pennsylvania.
Quartermain is the president of Shell Energy North America.
“I am optimistic that a Shell facility will be the foundation of an industrial and manufacturing expansion that will bring thousands of construction and production jobs to Pennsylvania,” Casey said in his letter. “I encourage you to take this opportunity to build on Pennsylvania’s long manufacturing history and invest in the region.”
Currently, there is no infrastructure in the northeast to process ethane extracted from the rich natural gas in the Marcellus Shale.
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