Petrochemical (i.e. Cracker) Event Returns to Pittsburgh in June

If you have an interest in the Shell (and PTT, and Braskem and other) ethane cracker plants–listen up. There is a conference coming in Pittsburgh in June you may want to consider attending. Northeast US Petrochemical Construction Conference 2017, organized by Petrochemical Update, returns to Pittsburgh on June 19-20 for a second time. Full disclosure: this event has paid MDN to send an email to our high-quality audience. Further full disclosure: MDN would not promote this event unless we support it. Although we received the announcement below about the upcoming event, we were not paid to run it. We do so because we support this event. With over 50 speakers and 400+ attendees, this is THE downstream event to attend in the Marcellus/Utica. Here’s the details…

Uniting upstream, midstream and downstream companies, the engineering & construction industry, manufacturers, economic development groups and government behind new petrochemical sector development in the Northeast U.S. – Petrochemical Update is hosting the 2nd annual Northeast U.S. Petrochemical Construction Conference over June 19-20, at Pittsburgh’s Sheraton Hotel, Station Square.

Where coal is in dramatic decline, a petrochemicals industry based around a number of planned ethane crackers is emerging, and is set to spark a chemical and plastics manufacturing renaissance in the region.

Shell became the first company to approve a major petrochemical complex in the region in June, when it announced it would begin construction of an ethylene cracker with a polyethylene derivatives unit in Potter Township, Beaver County, about 30 miles north-west of Pittsburgh. An additional ethylene cracker is in the pipeline: Thailand’s PTT Global and Japan’s Marubeni are expected to make a decision before April on a world-scale facility in Dilles Bottom, Ohio.

“With one cracker approved and an additional one likely on the way, the tri-state region is well on its way to joining the Gulf Coast as the second petrochemicals hub in the United States. However, the establishment of a petrochemicals industry in a new region raises a whole host of present and predicted challenges for stakeholders.” said Petrochemical Update Event Director Theo Larn-Jones.

“These include preparing a large and skilled workforce; negotiating regulatory hurdles; and building suitable infrastructure, from the gas-rich Marcellus Shale, to pipelines, and downstream to the crackers and to the plants that will pop up along the Ohio River.”

For a second year in a row, this conference will gather the companies working at the heart of investments and projects linked to new ethane cracker development in one room to address challenges and create the conditions necessary for the rise of a petrochemicals industry in the Northeast U.S.

Speakers at the 2017 meeting include:

  • Honorable Mike Turzai, Speaker, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Dennis Yabolnsky, CEO, Allegheny Conference on Community Development
  • Joseph C. Eddy, President/CEO, Eagle Manufacturing Company
  • Steve Woodward, Senior Vice President, Antero Resources Corporation
  • Denise Brinley, Special Assistant to the Secretary – Strategic Industry Initiatives, Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
  • Peter Swift, Principle, Origination, EQT
  • Kevin McGowan, President, McGowan Corporate Real Estate Advisors
  • Jeffery Logan, President, Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council

Those interested in attending are invited to register at //

For additional information, please contact Petrochemical Update Event Director Theo Larn-Jones at [email protected]*

*Petrochemical Update (email received Feb 7, 2017) – Subject: Petrochemical Project Construction Conference Comes to Pittsburgh this June