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Shell commits to western Pennsylvania ethane cracker plant

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 7, 2016 8:40 AM
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(Monaca) -- Shell Chemical Appalachia says it is definitely building a petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania that will create up to 6,000 construction jobs and 600 permanent jobs at the plant once it begins production early next decade.

The company has been purchasing various rights and property, including a former zinc smelting site in Potter Township, Beaver County, where the plant will be built, for years.

The plant will process ethane gas from Marcellus and Utica shale wells to create polyethylene, a plastic used in everything from food packaging to auto parts.

Shell says construction will begin in the next 18 months, with the goal of bringing the plant online early in the 2020s.

Former Governor Tom Corbett in 2012 signed legislation to give Shell tax credits worth $1.7 billion to build the plant.

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