MONACA, PA. — Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC, a subsidiary of Shell plc, has announced commissioning of its new Pennsylvania chemical project, Shell Polymers Monaca (SPM).
The facility, built on 384 acres adjacent to the Ohio River in Beaver County, is the first major polyethylene manufacturing complex in the northeastern United States and has a designed output of 1.6 million tonnes annually.
Shell started main construction of the plant in April 2017 after making a final investment decision in June 2016.
Shell Polymers Monaca will produce 3.5 billion pounds of polyethylene annually and is expected to ramp up to full production by the second half of 2023. Natural gas to supply the plant is being sourced from the nearby Utica and Marcellus basins.
The plant will have three reactors: two gas phase reactors and a slurry reactor.
SPM products will serve customers who manufacture commodity and specialty films, pipe, blow-moulded containers and injection-moulded parts. The plant is located within a 700-mile radius of 70 per cent of the U.S. polyethylene market.
“Building this world-class facility is a fantastic achievement and one the team can be proud of; it’s a showcase of Shell’s project delivery expertise,” said Huibert Vigeveno, Shell downstream director. “With great market access, innovative offers and connected infrastructure, Shell Polymers Monaca is well positioned and ready to serve customers with high-quality, competitive products.”