Shell mulls new Pennsylvania cracker upon land-option extension

27 December 2012 21:00  [Source: ICIS news]

Shell mulls new Pennsylvania cracker upon land-option extensionHOUSTON (ICIS)--Shell is still considering building an ethane cracker and polyethylene (PE) and monoethylene glycol (MEG) units in western Pennsylvania after being granted a six-month extension to evaluate the site, the company said on Thursday.

US zinc producer Horsehead said on Wednesday it had extended the land-option agreement, which was signed in March, for the site located near Monaca.

“We are still in the assessment phase of the project to determine the site's suitability,” said Shell spokeswoman Kayla Macke.

“Among the many factors we continue to assess are the ethane feedstock supply, engineering and design work, customer support confirmation for our products, permit approvals, and confirmation that the project is economically robust and competitive,” Macke said.

Shell had announced in June 2011 that it had plans to build a world-scale ethylene plant that would use ethane as a feedstock from the area’s Marcellus shale gas reserves.

The company’s early projections said construction could begin in 2014 with the cracker completed in 2017.

By: Tracy Dang
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