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Shell Chemicals Eyes Ethylene and PE Plants in U.S. Northeast

7:12 AM MDT | June 15, 2011 | —LINDSEY BEWLEY AND ROBERT WESTERVELT

Shell Chemicals is developing plans to build a world-scale ethylene plant integrated with derivative units atop Marcellus Shale natural gas deposits in the U.S. Northeast. The company joins Dow Chemical and Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) in the race to build the next cracker in the U.S., but Shell is the first company to target the Northeast (table). Van Beurden: Shell eyes re-entry to U.S. polyethylene market. Shell’s planned cracker would consume ethane derived from natural gas liquids produced in the Marcellus Shale. It would be a world-scale unit...

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