Proposed ethane crackers in eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia are continuing to take shape, according to speakers on Monday at the Northeast U.S. and Canada Petrochemical Construction conference in Pittsburgh.



A final investment decision on the Ohio plant in Belmont Coutny is expected by first quarter 2017, officials said.



Royal Dutch Shell has said one of its subsidiaries is proceeding to build a cracker in Beaver County, Pa.



Crackers turn ethane from shale drilling into polyethylene for plastics.



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