BLOG: Governor Wolf Announces Finalized Plan for Royal Dutch Shell Plant in Western PA (Round-up)

By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant

June 09, 2016

This week, Governor Wolf announced the that Royal Dutch Shell would be building their new ethane cracker plant in Pennsylvania. The plant, which had been in the works for four years is a game-changer for Pennsylvania and will create thousands of Pennsylvania jobs.

“Since first taking office, I have worked in close collaboration with my Secretary of Community and Economic Development Dennis Davin, the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, local officials in Western Pennsylvania, and Royal Dutch Shell to make the proposed plant a reality,” Governor Wolf said in a statement released on Tuesday. “The commonwealth engaged the company with the goal of creating jobs, spurring economic development, and taking the next steps to connect the energy industry with long-term, sustainable economic growth.”

“My administration is committed to creating jobs in the energy industry through responsible, well-regulated extraction and long-term, creative industrial growth. We have worked to develop strategies for safe and responsible pipeline development that brings resources to markets and facilities and we have prioritized the Shell plant to show the world that Pennsylvania is a leader in energy manufacturing and downstream production.”

Take a look at the additional coverage:
  • WTAE: Shell commits to new Beaver County plant that will create hundreds of jobs

    Gov. Tom Wolf, who called the project a “game-changing plant,” and other elected officials and economic development agencies hailed the decision. “This announcement signals Shell’s re-entry into the North American polyethylene market,” said Dennis Yablonski, CEO of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. “The plant will be one of the largest of its kind in North America – the largest single ‘from the ground’ up industrial investment in the Pittsburgh region in a generation.”

  • Philly.com: Shell gives green light to giant Pennsylvania ethane cracker plant

    “This is not just another company that is bringing ‘X’ number of jobs to Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said in an interview Tuesday. “This is actually something that is creating a foundation for a whole new set of manufacturing products.”

  • CBS Pittsburgh: Shell Announces Plans To Build Cracker Plant In Beaver Co.

    After years of cajoling by two governors and plenty of local leaders that cut across all political lines, Shell announced it will build a major petrochemical complex along the Ohio river right off Interstate 376, just 30 miles from downtown Pittsburgh.

  • The Times: Gov. Wolf: Shell’s decision is ‘biggest investment in Pennsylvania since World War II’

    “It’s a big thing for Beaver County, and it’s a big thing for Pennsylvania,” Wolf said. “It’s the biggest investment made in Pennsylvania since World War II.” Wolf said in an interview with The Times that he learned about the decision during a conference call with Shell officials early Tuesday morning. The governor said he was “elated” when those officials confirmed they were building in Beaver County.

  • Post-Gazette: Shell says it will build Marcellus cracker plant in Beaver County

    Shell Chemical Appalachia’s long-awaited decision on a multibillion-dollar ethane cracker arrived early this morning and it’s a go. The company plans to build the petrochemical complex on site of the former Horsehead zinc smelter in Potter and Center townships, Beaver County. The site will house the cracker, two units that will convert ethylene into polyethylene pellets, a natural gas-fired power plant, a loading dock and wastewater plant.

  • Pittsburgh Business Times: Cracker decision: ‘Next era’ to being in western Pennsylvania

    Shell Chemicals, which has spent five years acquiring the site and surrounding regions, as well as building infrastructure around it, spent years in development mode as it weighed whether to build the multibillion-dollar ethane cracker on the site of a former zinc smelter in Potter Township, Beaver County, on the banks of the Ohio River. It had survived a whittling process of other potential Shell investments, even as the parent company underwent a huge merger with BG and weathered the global oil and natural gas downturn.

  • TribLive: Shell moves ahead with ethane cracker in Beaver County

    “This investment … reflects that fact that domestic manufacturing’s potential is near limitless thanks to our abundant and stable energy supplies from natural gas,” said David Spigelmyer, president of the North Fayette-based Marcellus Shale Coalition.

  • Power Source: Shell cracker plant in Beaver County to provide 600 jobs when it opens

    Beyond the immediate job figures, [Governor Wolf] said, the project will inspire interest from many industries that use polyethylene to locate close to the cracker. “The feedstock is here. The work force is here. Let’s go,” he said.

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