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Trump to visit western Pennsylvania cracker plant next week

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 9, 2019 3:35 AM
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FILE - In this April 18, 2019 file photo a tanker truck passes a petrochemical plant being built on the banks of the Ohio River in Monaca, Pa., for the Royal Dutch Shell company.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

(Monaca) -- President Donald Trump is headed to western Pennsylvania next week to visit a multibillion-dollar ethane cracker plant under construction.

A White House official said Thursday the visit to the 386-acre site in Monaca, Beaver County, that had been planned for this week before two mass shootings occurred will take place on Tuesday.

The massive Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals plant will convert natural gas liquids into plastic pellets to be used in manufacturing.

There are currently about 5,000 construction workers on the site.

Shell has said it expects to have about 600 permanent workers at the Ohio River facility, once it's fully built and up and running sometime in the early 2020s.

The plant will be operated by Shell Polymers.

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