Shell proposed US cracker has logistic, feed strengths - exec

28 March 2012 21:13  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The site that Shell has selected for a US cracker has logistical and feedstock advantages, since it is so close to ethane and the nation's population centres, an executive said on Wednesday.

Shell will evaluate an area in Pennsylvania as the site for an ethane cracker. The Anglo-Dutch oil major may also build polyethylene (PE) and monoethylene glycol (MEG) units at that location.

The site is close to the Marcellus Shale, giving it access to low-cost feedstock ethane, said Ben van Beurden. executive vice president for Shell Chemicals.

He made his comments during the World Petrochemical Conference, held by IHS Chemical.

In addition, the area around the site is home to 50% of the US population, he said.

While the cracker would be isolated from other petrochemical plants, pipelines and large amounts of ethane should ensure system reliability for the site, van Beurden said.

The World Petrochemical Conference lasts through Thursday.

By: Al Greenwood
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