A news release from Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC (Shell) announced the company has taken the final investment decision to build a major petrochemical complex, comprising an ethylene cracker with polyethylene derivatives unit, near Pittsburgh.
Construction is expected to start in approximately 18 months, with commercial production expected to begin early in the next decade.
The complex will use low-cost ethane from shale gas producers in the Marcellus and Utica basins to produce 1.6 million tonnes of polyethylene per year.
The project is expected to bring new growth and jobs to the region, with up to 6,000 construction workers involved in building the new facility, and 600 permanent employees once completed.
Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett OK’d legislation in 2012 to give Shell tax credits worth $1.7 billion to build the plant.
The facility will be built on the banks of the Ohio River in Potter Township, Beaver County, about 30 miles north-west of Pittsburgh.