More Details On Shell's Cracker Decision
The AP adds more details to a story first reported by StateImpact Pennsylvania: Shell has chosen a Pennsylvania site to build its multi-billion dollar ethane cracker.
The cracker will go to Monaca, Beaver County, according to the AP’s interview with a Shell executive:
Dan Carlson, Shell’s General Manager of New Business Development, said Thursday that the company signed a land option agreement with Horsehead Corp. to evaluate a site near Monaca, about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.
Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania had all sought the plant and offered Shell major tax incentives. Monaca is just 20 miles from both the Ohio and West Virginia borders, so workers in all three states are likely to benefit.
But Shell said the Monaca site, currently home to Horsehead’s zinc factory, had the mix of resource and transportation attributes “to accommodate facilities for a world scale petrochemical complex and potential future expansions.”