Shell Exec Shares Inside Story of Why They Chose PA for Cracker

Ate Visser – Shell Chemical

Yesterday was the second and final day of the Northeast U.S. & Canada Petrochemical Construction Conference being held in Pittsburgh. And boy oh boy what a day it was! Ate Visser, vice president of Appalachia petrochemicals at Shell Chemical took to the stage and shared with attendees the behind-the-scenes reasons for why Shell elected to build a cracker plant in Pennsylvania. There were three reasons: (1) cheap ethane from the Marcellus/Utica; (2) close to major northeastern markets; (3) tax breaks offered by PA. Here’s comments made by Visser, as reported from several journalists in the audience…

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