Shell Cracker Factory Update and Impact at Utica Green Conference



Plastics processors should plan to attend

The impact of the Shell cracker on plastic processors is immense.

– Tom Gellrich, CEO and Founder, TopLine Analytics

PENN VALLEY, Pennsylvania, United States, September 14, 2021 / – Ten years after Royal Dutch Shell announced it was considering a site in southwestern Pennsylvania to build an ethane cracker, the Construction of the $ 10 billion project is coming to an end.

Earlier this year, the latest economic impact study of the Beaver County facility (by a trio of Robert University professors) predicts an annual boost in operations to the state’s economy by more $ 3.69 billion – $ 81.68 billion over the 40-year life of the huge complex.

Although this study, previous studies on the cracker complex and the predictions of economists, academics, etc. have detailed tax and employment impacts, Tom Gellrich says, let’s not forget the positive long-term benefits for plastics processors.

Gellrich, president and founder of consulting firm TopLine Analytics, says processors are licking their proverbial chops as the Shell cracker comes to an end.
Gellrich will be one of the guest speakers at the inaugural Utica Green conference on October 12, 2021 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, of which Encino Energy is the main sponsor. Shale Directories and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce produce the conference.

The cost savings by using the Shell facility over the ethylene and polyethylene now shipped from the US Gulf Coast can be enormous. One study assessed the transportation advantage, pellets shipped from Beaver County over the Gulf Coast, at nearly 25%.

“The impact of the Shell cracker on plastic processors is immense,” Gellrich told Shale Directories. “We encourage all plastics processors in the Appalachian Basin and beyond to attend the Utica Green conference,” commented Joe Barone, president and founder of Shale Directories. He further added: “The opportunities presented to these companies are significant due to availability and attractive prices. ”

A potential customer powered by the Shell cracker could be the world’s largest retailer.

Walmart announced in March that it would spend over the next 10 years $ 350 billion on additional items made, grown or assembled in the United States rather than elsewhere.
“We estimate that this spending will support more than 750,000 new jobs in the United States,” said John Furner, president and CEO of Walmart US. “We have identified six priority categories to focus on: plastics; textiles; small electrical appliances; food preparation; pharmaceutical and medical supplies; and Goods not for Resale (GNFR).
“No. 1 on Walmart’s list of categories it will focus on is plastic,” Gellrich said.

“The future is very bright for the entire plastics supply chain, but the early players will achieve the greatest growth,” said Gellrich.

The fall event aims to create a platform to facilitate the exchange of ideas, drawing on representatives from energy companies, industry experts, regulators, government officials and the general public on the shares. Ongoing industry ESG and related topics. The Utica Green Conference is an important and topical conference for the energy industry and its stakeholders. Visit to register or learn more.

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