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Shell abandons plans for natural gas-to-liquids plant in Louisiana

The Associated Press reports Shell has scrapped plans to build a multibillion dollar gas-to-liquids plant in Lousiana, but is still actively exploring a multibillion dollar ethane cracker plant in Western Pa.

Scott Detrow / StateImpact Pennsylvania

The Associated Press reports Shell has scrapped plans to build a multibillion dollar gas-to-liquids plant in Lousiana, but is still actively exploring a multibillion dollar ethane cracker plant in Western Pa.

Royal Dutch Shell will not be going ahead with plans for a $12.5 billion gas-to-liquids plant in Louisiana, the company announced today.

The plant would have used natural gas feedstocks to make more valuable diesel and gasoline, and is one of three major projects the company was exploring in North America. Shell has also proposed building an ethane cracker in Beaver County, Pennsylvania and a liquified natural gas plant in Canada.

Outgoing Shell CEO Richard Voser said recently that the company would have to make “hard choices” about where to invest capital.

More on the situation in Louisiana from the Associated Press:

The decision comes just two months after Shell selected a site for the plant. It would have created 740 jobs, according to a late-September announcement that championed the plant’s location in Ascension Parish, near Baton Rouge.

Shell, based in the Hague, Netherlands, said Thursday that the cost of the plant and the expected profit it could generate made the plant “not a viable option.”

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration had offered an incentive package that included $112 million for road improvements, land purchasing and other infrastructure in Ascension Parish.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has said he expects to know the fate of the Beaver County ethane cracker project sometime next year. Meanwhile, Corbett is doing what he can to convince Shell to seal the deal by pushing for large tax breaks and touting the thousands of jobs it could bring to western Pennsylvania.

The Associated Press recently reported Shell has an option to buy the proposed site in Monaca which is now owned by Horsehead Corporation and has chosen two engineering firms to conduct feasibility studies and pre-project planning.

Comments

  • ronwagn

    Great news! We do not need to make more expensive fuel out of natural gas which is a superior fuel. See Useful References for the Natural Gas Revolution: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19Yf0MWpo91vrlu-mmJtjB1ERukjJo5W41oi4RZVQBug/edit?usp=drive_web

  • env121

    Shell needs to stay out of Beaver County with their Cracker Plant too! We don’t need those emissions in an area that is already a non-attainment area.

    • PAworker

      Wrong. We need them now. We need the jobs and we need to tap our resources. COME TO BEAVER COUNTY SHELL!!!!!!!

  • crystalpoint

    Right on to the governor and Shell, Pa., needs this development! Those who say nay, must be from another planet. Do the nay Sayers not drive vehicles that could run on natural gas?
    I will say this, with certainty, related to Shell’s plan of building an Ethane Cracker here in Pa., that could service the nation, with natural gas. Shell will build such a plant, with certainty using only the latest technology, regarding safety measures taken to protect the environment! And they do not need any amateur help from the EPA, or DEP!
    Ray Smith

    • mtspace evolvd

      “Those who say nay, must be from another planet.”

      This planet is going to stop growing us. Fracking is shoving chemicals into our Planets outer layer, so we can shatter it enough that the gas it’s kept pressurized well enough to generate a magneto, will leak out and we can plume it in the air when we’ve drained a hot spot. WE ARE RAPISTS IN THE EXACT SERIOUSNESS OF THE WORD. We are DISPENSABLE TO EVERY OTHER LIVING THING HERE, BUT EARTHWORMS AREN’T, POLLINATORS AREN’T, THE EARTH GEOLOGY CAN’T BE BROKEN CONTINUOUSLY with Hydrogen Bomb Tester Glee.

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