More Signs Shell is Close to Decision on PA Ethane Cracker Plant

More signs that Shell is much closer to a decision on whether or not it will build an ethane cracker plant in Monaca (Beaver County), PA. An executive vice president with Shell Chemicals, speaking off-script at an event in Germany, said the company expects to make a decision “soon.” After that an official Shell spokesman, speaking on-script, came along to clean up the EVP’s poopy mess and said there is no timeline on a decision. Another positive sign, according to the EVP, is that the front-end engineering and design study on the project has been completed. But according to the spokesman, even though the study is done, there are “still hurdles” before making such a large investment decision. So it’s a tit for tat, back and forth. Our take: even though we’re suffering from cracker fatigue, we continue to be hopeful that Shell will be the first of those to announce a possible cracker to actually pull the trigger and build it…

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