Processing Magazine

Shell Chemical ethane cracker could create 8,000 jobs in Pennsylvania

September 19, 2012

POTTER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Shell Chemical’s proposed ethane cracker in Potter Township, Pa., could create as many as 8,000 jobs and generate $4.8 billion in economic output annually, TimesOnline.com reported.

The numbers are based on an economic input analysis by the Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh.

While the facility would generate only 400 full-time jobs within the plant, officials estimate that the additional jobs — estimated from 2,000 to 8,000 — would be created by supporting and supplying the $2.5 billion facility.

“This would be the single largest industrial investment from the ground up ever -- or as long as statistics exist,” said Dennis Yablonsky, chief executive of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its affiliates, which include the economy league. “We have an opportunity to build on this momentum.”