Shell Chemical has begun production at its much-anticipated polyethylene resin complex near Pittsburgh.
Shell officially started production in Monaca, Pa., on Nov. 15. The firm had been sampling PE resin made at the site with potential customers for several months.
"Building this world-class facility is a fantastic achievement and one the team can be proud of," Downstream Director Huibert Vigeveno said in a news release. "It's a showcase of Shell's project delivery expertise."
"With great market access, innovative offers and connected infrastructure, Shell Polymers Monaca is well positioned and ready to serve customers with high-quality, competitive products," he added.
The site will have annual production capacity of about 3.5 billion pounds of PE resin. It's the first major PE manufacturing complex in the Northeastern U.S. and the first U.S. plant built outside of the Gulf Coast in at least 40 years.
Officials said the complex is strategically located within a 700-mile radius of 70 percent of the U.S. PE market. The 384-acre site has contracted most of its natural gas feedstock from the nearby Utica and Marcellus basins.