MONACA, Pa. (AP) – A proposed petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania would generate its own electricity – a lot of it.
The Beaver County Times (http://bit.ly/1IgebDM ) reports that Shell Chemicals’ ethane cracker plant proposed for Potter and Center townships in Beaver County would likely require more than 100 megawatts of electricity to operate – enough to power 100,000 homes.
Shell would use natural gas-fired cogeneration on site to create steam and electricity for the plant. Officials have said any surplus electricity would be sold for use in the regional power grid.
Shell paid $13.5 million for the former zinc smelting site in June. The company hasn’t confirmed that it will build the multibillion-dollar plant. Officials have not produced a timeline on when a decision may come.
Information from: Beaver County Times, http://www.timesonline.com/
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