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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Utica Summit in Canton Hears Update on Cracker Plant in PA

From the Akron Beacon Journal:
Shell Appalachia’s “cracker plant” in western Pennsylvania is years away from making plastic pellets, but thousands of workers are busy building the $6 billion project. 
Michael Marr, Shell Appalachia’s business integration lead, gave his first presentation on the Pennsylvania Chemicals Project to an Ohio audience at Utica Summit VI presented Wednesday by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and ShaleDirectories.com at Walsh University. 
Shell is building its Pennsylvania Chemicals Project on the site of a former zinc smelter next to the Ohio River in Beaver County. 
Shell chose to build the plant about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh because the site is close to ethane-producing Marcellus Shale wells and is within 700 miles of 70 percent of the North American market for polyethylene pellets. 
The plant consists of a cracker that uses heat and pressure to turn ethane into ethylene. Three other units then turn the ethane into polyethylene resin that other companies use to make packaging, film, pipe and other goods. 
Shell exercised its option on the property in 2015 and had to move 7.2 million cubic yards of dirt to prepare the site.
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