Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Shell says it will build ethane cracker near Pittsburgh

This is big.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Shell Chemicals Appalachia’s long-awaited decision on a multibillion-dollar ethane cracker arrived early this morning and it’s a go. The company plans to build the petrochemical complex on site of the former Horsehead zinc smelter in Potter and Center townships, Beaver County.

The site is along the Ohio River.

Government officials in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia have wooed such developments from petrochemical companies. Of the three, it looks like West Virginia will be the odd man out.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Can someone with a chemical engineering background explain what substances will be towed in, and what products/by products will be towed out ( by waterway of course)? I'm not going to get all freaked out about the potential for a chemical spill...barge is one of the safest modes of bulk commodity transport we have. I just think waterway towing companies need a strong chemical customer base to replace coal in the new economy.