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Paper reports that Shell's cracker plant plans may be fading

By Bob Downing Published: October 25, 2013

The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that the proposed cracker plant in Pennsylvania's Beaver County on the Ohio River may be in jeopardy.

Shell announced last March that it was eying the site for a new plant to turn ethane into ethylene, a key component of plastics.

Ohio and West Virginia had fought for the multi-billion-dollar plant.

Shell is still looking at the Pennsylvania site but no final decision has been made, the paper reported.

It said recent plans for three new pipelines to carry products from the Utica and Marcellus shale to the Gulf Coast will hurt Shell's plans.

It said the cracker plans in western Pennsylvania are fading.

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