Optimism Over Shell
Chemicalís Land-Option Extension
HARRISBURG- Shell Chemical LP is
interested in building an ethane cracker facility that would turn natural gas
into chemical products such as plastics. Senator Solobay says with the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry
continuing to grow in Pennsylvania, it makes sense for Shell to locate its
plant in the heart of the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale deposit.
also announced that beginning early next year it will begin demolishing select
building at the site and itís looking at purchasing other properties in the
Solobay says while everybody would breathe a lot easier if Shell Chemical would
make a positive announcement soon that it will build the cracker facility in
western Pennsylvania, he says the company said up front that it would be a
multi-year process before a final determination of if and where the plant would
spokesperson for Shell said last week that this would be the last request for a
land-option extension but would not say how long this extension is good
for. Previous extensions were granted
for six months.
Solobay is optimistic that the multi-billion dollar petrochemical plant will be
built in western Pennsylvania and that it will result in thousands of new jobs,
both in construction of the plant and in its operation. He also says the plant would draw further
investment in the region and provide a shot-in-the-arm for economic development
for western Pennsylvania.
previous land-option agreement was set to expire December 31st.