300 ACRES OF JOBS—Royal Dutch Shell’s design plan for its ethylene cracker plant in Beaver County, slated to begin construction in 16 months.

300 ACRES OF JOBS—Royal Dutch Shell’s design plan for its ethylene cracker plant in Beaver County, slated to begin construction in 16 months.

After four years of will-they-or-won’t-they, Royal Dutch Shell has announced it will construct a multi-billion-dollar ethane cracker plant at the site of the former Horsehead zinc smelter in Center and Potter townships, Beaver County.

Project will employ thousands

The company announced it was going forward with the project June 7, much to the delight of Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald who released a statement thanking Shell and congratulating everyone involved in the process, from Governor Tom Wolf to the Marcellus Shale Coalition.

Fitzgerald

“The project is monumental; the building of this plant will be equivalent to the construction of 25 stadiums,” said Fitzgerald.

“This announcement accelerates our growth to a next level and will provide even more opportunities for our young people. This multi-billion investment will bring economic growth to our region now and for generations to come, and we thank Shell for their decision to invest here.”

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