COVID-19: Shell puts Pennsylvania cracker project on hold

21:18 PM | March 18, 2020 | Clay Boswell

The cracker is slated for startup in 2021.
Shell has paused construction of its Monaca, Pennsylvania, cracker project in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The company intends to restart work once it has measures in place to protect the more than 8,000 workers currently employed at the site.

“In the days ahead, we will install additional mitigation measures aligned with CDC guidance,” says Hillary Mercer, vice president of Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals. “Once complete, we will consider a phased ramp-up that allows for the continuation of safe, responsible construction activities.”

The project consists of a 1.5-million metric tons/year (MMt/y) ethane cracker and 1.6 MMt/y of downstream polyethylene capacity. Start-up is scheduled for 2021.