Shell’s ethane ‘cracker’ project strains construction workforce

The expected need for as many as 6,000 construction workers for Royal Dutch Shell’s ethane “cracker” plant project in Beaver County, Pennsylvania is “likely to put a strain on the [construction] industry, which is feverishly working to train new apprentices to build up the region’s workforce,” reports the Pittsburgh Business Times. The newspaper also notes that firms “putting up stakes around the cracker” will need construction workers as will other projects throughout the region in a variety of industries. “What we foresee in 2018 into 2019 and going forward is billions of dollars of construction taking place in this region,” said Jeff Nobers, executive director of the Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania, “so the challenge for us is to recruit people.” For more, read the full story.