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Shell purchases land for proposed ethane cracker in US

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 18/06/2015 (17:03)
According to media reports, Shell has acquired Horsehead Holding Corp’s land across Hancock County line in Beaver County, Pennsylvania for its proposed ethane cracker in the US. However, the company has yet to give a final investment decision as to whether it will construct a petrochemical facility at the site. Transaction details were not disclosed.

If built, the new facility reportedly will include an ethane cracker with a capacity of 1.5 million tons/year of ethylene and three PE units with a combined production capacity of 1.6 million tons/year and will secure ethane feedstock from the nearby Marcellus and Utica shale formations.

Through the construction of the new facility, the company aims to be close to low-cost supply as well as consumption markets, which is expected to reduce transportation costs and provide regional plastic manufacturers with more flexibility, shorter supply chains and enhanced supply dependability.
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