Cracker Plants Progressing in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania
A metal storage barn, a pair of smokestacks that rise 200 feet, and the remnants of several old production buildings are all that’s left of what once was Horsehead Corp.’s zinc manufacturing complex on the southern bank of the Ohio River here.
On a cloud-covered day in November, a single backhoe operator is busy performing demolition work here, navigating between piles of twisted metal and debris to clear way for what the region believes will one day become a huge petrochemical factory that employs hundreds.
“My role is to think about what the site could be, not what the site was,” says Todd Whittemore, who leads Shell Chemical LLC’s process design and operations team. Two years ago, the energy giant announced that it selected the former Horsehead complex as its preferred site to construct an ethane “cracker” plant -- a project with an estimated investment of between $2 billion and $4 billion.Read the rest of this article by clicking here.
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