Some Components for Shell’s PA Cracker Plant Coming from Mexico

One would hope a $6 billion ethane cracker project like the one being built by Shell in Beaver County, PA would consist of 100% American-made parts. But alas, such is not the case. The biggest story to hit Beaver County, likely ever, keeps reporters at the Beaver County Times busy (“busy beavers”–groan). The ace reporting staff at the local newspaper noticed a job posting from Bechtel Corp., one of the major contractors on the project, on LinkedIn. The job posting advertised for a project superintendent for the Shell cracker plant–a position located in Houston and in Tampico, Mexico. The ace reporters followed it up and got confirmation that some of the components for the cracker plant will be manufactured in Mexico and shipped to PA. No doubt in an effort to tamp down what could become a firestorm, Shell quickly confirmed the Mexico connection and pointed out that “more than 80%” of the individual components for the plant will be built in the U.S. Will this news about Mexico parts make a difference in the larger scheme of things?…

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