Shell makes good progress on site work for pennsylvania petrochemicals complex
Apr 6, 2017
April 6, 2017 – Houston - Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC (Shell) has made good progress on site preparations for its new major petrochemicals complex in Pennsylvania, USA. The early works programme is in preparation for the start of main site construction in late 2017, with commercial production beginning early next decade.
“This project is a great investment for a key part of the USA,” said Graham van’t Hoff, Executive Vice President for Royal Dutch Shell plc’s global Chemicals business. “Our site preparation and detailed design and engineering work has been progressing safely, efficiently and to the highest standards of engineering.”
The site preparation programme includes the removal of pre-existing foundations and associated environmental remediation work. It also included the installation of steel pilings for the foundations of several permanent structures. The latest site work has been the laying of concrete to complete the foundations, which started in March.
Shell has finished the relocation of an existing state highway and made improvements to interchanges. The improvements will benefit motorists in the area and help accommodate trucks working on the main construction phase.
Shell has also completed two large river docks to receive equipment during construction. This will allow for large items of equipment to arrive by barge, helping to reduce road traffic.
The petrochemicals complex will use ethane from shale-gas producers in the Marcellus and Utica basins to produce 1.6 million tonnes of polyethylene per year. Polyethylene is used in many products, from food packaging and sports equipment to garden furniture. The project will help bring economic growth and jobs to the region, with up to 6,000 construction workers involved in building the facility. We expect to create around 600 permanent employee positions when the complex is completed.
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Notes to Editors
- The site preparation programme included the movement of 7.2 million cubic yards of earthen fill.
- It also included the installation of 4200 steel pilings for the foundations of several permanent structures.
- The two large docks are a Load On Load Off dock and a Roll On Roll Off Dock which will accommodate large items of equipment to arrive by barge.
- The relocation of the existing state highway won the Quality in Construction and Operational Excellence Award from the National Asphalt Pavement Association.
- Shell Chemicals sells more than 17 million metric tons of petrochemicals per year to customers, many of whom are leaders in their own fields.
- Our world-class integrated refining-chemicals plants are in Asia-Pacific (Singapore), Europe (Netherlands), and North America (the US Gulf Coast and Canada).
- Shell operates three major petrochemical facilities in the US at Deer Park, Texas, Norco and Geismar, Louisiana, and additional Chemicals manufacturing in Scotford and Sarnia.
- Shell currently produces over 500,000 tonnes of polyethylene per year through the CSPC Nanhai petrochemicals joint venture in China. See link: CNOOC and Shell take final investment decision to expand petrochemical complex in China
- We draw strength from being part of an integrated energy company; we benefit from shared infrastructures, access to a variety of feedstocks, and deep manufacturing and processing expertise. This gives Shell a competitive advantage over stand-alone chemicals companies.
- For more details, visit www.shell.com/chemicals.
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