Shell still exploring huge Pa natural gas plant

11.20.13 | Bob Price

Shell Oil Co. is still actively exploring a plan to build a huge natural gas processing plant in western Pennsylvania, and may have selected engineering firms to do feasibility studies. In March 2012, Shell chose a possible site about 35 miles north of Pittsburgh for the so-called ethane cracking, or cracker, plant. It would convert ethane from bountiful Marcellus and Utica Shale natural gas into more profitable chemicals such as ethylene, which are then used to produce everything from plastics to tires to antifreeze.