Shell controls Covid-19 after restarting Pennsylvania construction but other risks loom

Jun 9, 2020

Shell interrupted on March 18 the construction of this complex where it has a 100% interest and begun a restart in stages on May 4. Once built, it will crack ethane from Northeast shale basins into ethylene to polymerize into 1.6 million tonnes of...

Northeast petrochemical hub plans draw incentives but also opposition

Mar 10, 2020

Supporters of a new petrochemical hub in the Northeast appear just as determined as those opposing it due to environmental concerns.

Trump promises policies to support more mega US energy projects

Aug 20, 2019

President Donald Trump is committed to expanding U.S. energy production and increasing manufacturing, he said as he toured the multi-billion-dollar Shell cracker project in Pennsylvania.

Northeast petchem development gets a boost with PTTGC announcement

Jun 25, 2019

Northeast petrochemical development got another step closer to reality when EPC giant Bechtel announced that Thailand's PTT Global Chemical has awarded it a contract to build an ethane cracker in Belmont County, Ohio, in the heart of the Utica Shale.

Majors say petrochemical diversification is essential to survival of US industry

Feb 26, 2019

More than 80% of North American energy industry executives believe that locational diversification is needed in the U.S. petrochemical market, a recent survey found.

Workforce issues, supply squeeze cracker construction costs

Feb 13, 2019

Total construction costs for a U.S. Northeast cracker project are estimated to be about $193 million higher than for U.S. Gulf Coast projects, and construction costs are up in both regions as a result of reduced supplies and skill shortages, according to...

Appalachia Storage and Trading Hub essential for the Northeast

Jan 16, 2019

Pipelines, infrastructure and storage are still necessary for the Northeast petrochemical hub to become a reality, experts told Petrochemical Update.

Shell reaches engineering milestone in Northeast

Oct 19, 2018

Shell has completed a substantial step in the construction of its Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex, bringing the Northeast chemicals hub dream another step closer to reality.

Northeast could be second US chemicals hub

Jun 14, 2018

While news headlines for the petrochemical construction boom have mainly been focused on the U.S. Gulf Coast, there are plenty of projects in the U.S. Northeast for the next wave of building.