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Proposed Shell ethane plant in Pa. would generate own power

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 24, 2015 1:53 AM
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FILE PHOTO: A flag bearing the company logo of Royal Dutch Shell, an Anglo-Dutch oil and gas company, flies outside the head office in The Hague, Netherlands.

(Monaca) -- A proposed petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania would generate its own electricity and a lot of it. 

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. 

The company says it 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.  
    

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