Processing Magazine

Shell to unveil site of $2 billion ethylene cracker

March 8, 2012

HOUSTON — Shell Oil Co. says it will announce the site of a future $2 billion petrochemical production unit by the end of the first quarter, MarketWatch reported.

Shell plans to build an ethylene cracker — which converts the ethane found in natural gas into ethylene, a core component for plastics and fertilizer — near the natural-gas rich Marcellus Shale formation, which underlies much of the U.S. Northeast.

Shell''s would be the first ethylene cracker built in the country since 2000, the article stated.

"It makes good economic sense for gas producers and customers in the Marcellus to have a cracker in the region," said Shell spokeswoman Kelly op de Weegh.