Shell commits to building western Pennsylvania ethane cracker plant

This 2015 photo shows a former zinc smelting site where Shell Chemical Appalachia plans to build a petrochemical plant in the northwestern Pennsylvania borough of Monaca. Shell Chemical Appalachia announced its formal commitment to the project on Tuesday saying the plant will process ethane from Marcellus and Utica shale wells to create plastics used in food packaging and auto parts.

MONACA (AP) - Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC is building a petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania that will create up to 6,000 construction jobs and 600 permanent jobs once it begins production early next decade, the company announced Tuesday.

Construction will begin in the next 18 months, with the goal of bringing the plant online early in the 2020s, the company said.

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