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Shell Reiterates 2022 Startup Plans for Pennsylvania Chemical Complex
February 04, 2022

Global oil and petrochemical major Shell reiterated on Friday that it plans to bring its massive $6 billion complex in Monaca, Pennsylvania online during 2022, but has not given a specific startup date. Shell's statement comes one day after CFO Jessica Uhl said during the company's Q4 earnings report that the Pennsylvania chemical plant should hopefully be up and running by the end of the year.

The Monaca facility near Pittsburgh will include a 1.5 million mt/yr Ethane cracker and three Polyethylene (PE) units totaling 1.6 million mt/yr.

Shell's Monaca complex will add to the nearly 4 million mt of other new resin production expected to come online in North America this year.

In late January, ExxonMobil and Sabic started up their Gulf Coast Growth Ventures (GCGV) petrochemical and resin facility San Patricio County, Texas. The 50-50 joint venture operation between ExxonMobil and Sabic includes a 1.8 million mt/yr Ethane steam cracker, two PE units capable of producing up to 1.3 million mt/yr, and a Monoethylene Glycol unit with a capacity of 1.1 million mt/yr.

Other startups planned for 2022 include the Bayport Polymers 625,000 mt/year LLDPE unit in Texas, and the Nova Chemicals 454,000 mt/yr LLDPE unit in St. Clair, Ontario.

By Brian Balboa for The Plastics Exchange.

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