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US shale to help power Shell’s multi-billion dollar chemicals drive

Jillian Ambrose: 

Royal Dutch Shell will begin construction of a new $10bn petrochemicals site in the gas-rich Marcellus shale basin in the US within the next ten weeks as part of a radical growth plan for its petrochemicals business.

The oil major told investors that global demand for petrochemicals – which are used to manufacture the raw materials used to make plastics, paints and textiles – is set to grow by around 50pc by the end of the decade, making it a key area for the company’s growth. read more

Shell Files Permit Application for Pennsylvania Cracker Ethane Pipeline

Jamison Cocklin: October 9, 2017 An affiliate of Royal Dutch Shell plc last month submitted a permit application to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for the nearly 100-mile ethane pipeline system designed to feed the multi-billion dollar cracker under construction. Shell Pipeline Co. LP continues to secure easements for the two-leg Falcon Ethane pipeline that would extend into West Virginia and Ohio. The company will need various federal, state and local approvals for the pipeline. The Pennsylvania DEP is working to determine if the application is complete before it moves ahead with the actual review. Construction of the pipeline, which would have a capacity of more than 100,000 b/d, is expected to begin between 2018 and 2019. Shell is constructing the cracker in western Pennsylvania’s Beaver County and plans to start operations in the early 2020s. FULL ARTICLE read more

Video: Petrochemical America: From Cancer Alley to Toxic Valley

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Petrochemical America: From Cancer Alley to Toxic Valley

By Mark Dixon: 7 Oct 2017

People are finally getting meaningfully organized in Pennsylvania around this issue. Consider this massive anti-Shell cracker “#ToxicNeighbor” campaign recently initiated by the state-wide environmental organization, PennFuture

And the #PetrochemicalAmerica exhibit wrapping up today in downtown Pittsburgh (the exhibit moves right into Shell’s territory in Beaver, PA in a few weeks)

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EXTRACTS FROM WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE: 

The Pennsylvania Shell ethylene cracker plant is a proposed chemical plant in Potter Township, Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh that will be owned and operated by Shell Oil Company, the American subsidiary of supermajor oil company Royal Dutch Shell.[1] The plant will be located near the interchange of Interstate 376 and Pennsylvania Route 18, expecting to open in the early 2020s.[2] read more

Will Amazon want to be downwind of the Shell cracker plant?

Oct 7, 2017: One of Amazon’s considerations in choosing a location for its second headquarters is quality of life. If Amazon gets wind of what emissions will spew forth from the Shell cracker plant under construction in Beaver County — and surely it knows — it doesn’t bode well. For any of us.

We, Amazon or otherwise, are all downwind of the pollutants yet to come, with intimidating names like VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and NOs (nitrogen oxides), which combine to make ozone, which makes it hard to breathe. The projected amount is three times that emitted at our Clairton Coke Works. The projected emission of CO2, carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, is over 2 million tons annually. read more

Oil Majors Face Lawsuits on Climate Change Issues

The companies have been accused of causing an adverse impact on the climate, resulting in global warming. The plaintiffs hold these fossil fuel companies accountable for rising sea levels, changing landscapes, higher global temperatures and increased risk of storms and droughts. The cities are located on the opposite sides of San Francisco Bay, and the lawsuit claims that the region’s water level is already on the rise. If the companies lose the case, they will be liable to pay billions of dollars in fines. Though the lawsuits do not specify the compensation amount, updating San Francisco’s seawall alone could cost up to $5 billion. FULL ARTICLE read more

Shell Cracker plant creates controversy

“It’s going to turn Pittsburgh into cancer alley”

In a statement published on its website, Shell said it expects to employ around 6,000 people for the facility’s construction, support 600 permanent employees and create an economic boom in Southwestern PA. The plan to build the plant — dubbed a cracker plant because it takes oil and gas and “cracks” it into smaller molecules to produce ethylene, a building block for plastic — concerns environmentalists who say this plant will emit excessive pollution, which will increase Pittsburgh’s already high pollution levels. In the American Lung Association’s 2017 report, Pittsburgh ranked eighth for annual particle pollution out of 184 metropolitan areas. Junior Sarah Grguras — a sustainability program assistant in Pitt’s Student Office of Sustainability and an environmental studies and ecology and evolution double major — is familiar with current and historical air pollution issues in Pittsburgh. She said pollution from the plant is going to diminish Pittsburgh’s air quality. “It’s going to turn Pittsburgh into cancer alley,” Grguras said. “It’s not a long-term help, and it’s not a sustainable industry.” FULL ARTICLE read more

Energy Industry ‘Very, Very Close’ to Voluntary Methane Emissions Reduction Program, Says Shell Exec

Jeremiah Shelor: October 4, 2017

The American Petroleum Institute is getting “very, very close” to formally adopting a voluntary program to curb methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, Royal Dutch Shell plc’s Greg Guidry, executive vice president of unconventionals, said this week. Speaking at the North American Gas Forum in Washington, DC, on Monday Guidry said the “very comprehensive program” would go into effect in January. “It’s focused on the three primary sources of fugitive emissions based on all of the studies through” the Environmental Defense Fund, the University of Texas at Austin and others. Guidry’s announcement preceded that of the Bureau of Land Management, which on said it plans to suspend the Obama administration’s venting and flaring rule for oil and gas producers. He told the audience that the industry can’t rely on future administrations to have the same regulatory mindset. FULL ARTICLE read more

Environmental group launches advertising campaign attacking Shell

A Pittsburgh-based environmental organization has launched a widespread advertising campaign designed to attack Shell Chemicals’ ethane cracker plant in Potter Township.

PennFuture, an advocacy group that pushes for clean air and water, as well as a “clean energy economy” in Pennsylvania, will launch the advertising campaign Wednesday, calling it the Toxic Neighbor citizen engagement project.

The campaign includes a petition with a list of demands for lawmakers and business leaders, but will also include billboards and print advertisements urging residents to visit the website www.toxicneighborpgh.org. FULL ARTICLE read more

Shell Reports Leak, Emissions at Deer Park, Texas Facility

By Dan Molinski

Royal Dutch Shell reported a leak and emissions Tuesday at its Deer Park, Texas refinery and chemical plant. “A leak was found on the bottom of debutanizer distillation column. The cause of the leak is still under investigation,” the refinery said in a statement to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. FULL ARTICLE

Gas insiders get first look at Pa. Shell plant

The Dominion Post: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER, 2017

PITTSBURGH — Gas industry insiders got their first close look at the $6 billion Shell cracker plant beginning to take shape on the banks of the Ohio River during the second day of the Shale Insight conference.

While considering that pending economic bounty, they also got a look at parts of the world that lack basic, reliable electricity and pondered how natural gas might help those poor nations advance.

The $6 billion Shell plant in Beaver County, 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, will produce 6,000 construction jobs and 600 permanent jobs, said Michael Marr, Shell’s business integration leader. read more

Executive: Shell cracker will ‘change the skyline’ next year

By Michael Bradwell: September 28, 2017

PITTSBURGH – Within the next two to three years, the region should start to see additional plastics manufacturers arriving in the region to take advantage of cheap polyethylene pellets being produced here, an economic development official said Thursday.

Pittsburgh Regional Alliance President David Ruppersberger made the comment while participating in a panel discussion during the second day of the annual Shale Insight conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. read more

Puerto Rico’s Colonial Legacy Doomed It To Dirty Electricity — And Now Darkness

Puerto Rico plunged into darkness last week after the second major hurricane in a month crippled its aging, debt-laden electric utility. The island is projected to be without power for six months or more, as people swelter and lifesaving medical equipment saps generators in what House Speaker Paul Ryan declared “a humanitarian crisis” on Tuesday.

But it’s not just old, storm-vulnerable transmission lines that need to be replaced.

The utility’s dependence on imported fossil fuels has devoured funding that could have been spent on upgrading the island’s grid and building cleaner infrastructure, a sign of years of mismanagement and incompetence. But it also stems from a colonial history in which Puerto Rico’s development was put in the hands of a few mainland corporate interests seeking tax breaks. read more

Uncontrolled shutdown at Shell Convent Plant after transformer explosion

Many people shared sightings of the explosion on social media. The St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office has stated that a transformer exploded, causing an electrical fire at an Entergy substation near the plant. The substation is the main electrical source for the plant, commonly called Motiva. Entergy has reached out to clarify that the transformer is owned by the Shell Convent Refinery. “We will be working with them to conduct a root cause analysis,” reads a statement from Michael Burns of Entergy. read more

Shell’s Little Talked About Permian Position

Summary

  • Royal Dutch Shell bought into the Permian back in 2012.
  • An overview of its JV with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation.
  • Where its acreage is located.
  • Operatorship controversy and probable split from Anadarko.
  • What to expect going forward.

Back in 2012, Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE:RDS.A) (NYSE:RDS.B) teamed up with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:APC) to develop the Permian Basin. Royal Dutch Shell plc purchased all of Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s (NYSE:CHK) 50% stake in the joint venture for just under $2 billion, a steal compared to where prices are today. Centered in the prolific Delaware Basin, this part of the Permian is home to some of the most economical unconventional horizons in the world, including the Leonard/Avalon, Bone Spring, and Wolfcamp plays. Let’s dig in. FULL ARTICLE read more

Shell CEO van Beurden says oil prices will be around $60 by the end of the decade

 | : 27 Sept 2017

It’s “not unreasonable” to expect oil prices at $60 a barrel by the end of the decade, Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden told CNBC’s “Managing Asia.”

To be sure, that’s not a large rise from current levels.

Brent crude rose 0.38 percent to trade at $58.66 a barrel in Wednesday Asia trade, after hitting a 26-month high on Tuesday, while U.S. crudewas higher by 0.5 percent at $52.14 at 12:00 p.m. HK/SIN.

Van Beurden said forecasting oil prices in the short term was “very difficult,” but he still expected gains. read more

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