Shell Seeks Permit for Barge Moorings Near Plant
5 September 2014
MONACA – Shell Chemical LP has applied for a permit to build two
docks and 24 smaller structures to moor barges near the site of
its proposed petrochemical plant in Western Pennsylvania.
Shell’s application is being reviewed by the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers, which controls traffic on the Ohio River. Shell has
proposed building the plant on the riverfront site of a former
zinc plant owned by Horsehead Corp.
Shell hasn’t formally committed to building the plant, which would
convert ethane from Marcellus Shale natural gas liquids into
chemicals used to make plastics, tires and even antifreeze. Shell
spokesman Michael Marr said getting the necessary permits is a
“prerequisite” for Shell to make a “final investment decision.”
Shell said it may take years to decide whether to build the plant.