Western Pennsylvania may have potential for a second ‘cracker’ plant

The potential for another ethane “cracker” plant in western Pennsylvania beyond Royal Dutch Shell's confirmed project in Beaver County emerged during a recent forum on how that area can best prepare for a wave of manufacturing development tied to the Shell project, reports the Pittsburgh Business Times. According to the newspaper, officials have said the three best available sites in Appalachia for cracker plants have been selected by Shell in Beaver County, PTT Global Chemical in Belmont County, Ohio, and Braskem near Parkersburg, West Virginia, but there are other locations in western Pennsylvania, including in Washington and Allegheny counties, that have the river and rail access needed for another cracker. For more, read the full story.