HOUSTON (ICIS)--Linde has started working on the front-end engineering and design (FEED) work for Shell's proposed ethane cracker in western Pennsylvania, the German engineering firm said on Friday.
The project is part of a framework contract that Linde won, under which it would build any of Shell's ethane crackers around the world.
For such a project, FEED typically takes 1-2 years, Shell has said. The process will give Shell more insight into the possible cost of the Pennsylvania cracker, which will be critical for determining whether the company will ultimately build the plant.
If Shell decides to build the cracker, construction could last up to four years, and it would be built in Monaca, Pennsylvania, in the western part of the state.
Shell has cautioned that the FEED process does not indicate that the company has finished evaluating the project or that it will go forward.
The company still needs to confirm that the project is competitive when judged against others that Shell is considering around the world.