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After years of construction, Shell ethane cracker starts up

After years of construction, Shell ethane cracker starts up

Tue, November 15, 2022 at 7:27 PM

MONACA, Pa. (AP) — Years in the works, a massive petrochemical refinery in western Pennsylvania fed by the vast natural gas reservoir underneath Appalachia became fully operational Tuesday, oil and gas giant Shell plc said.

The refinery, built on the site of a former zinc smelter along the Ohio River some 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of Pittsburgh, will produce 3.5 billion pounds (1.6 billion kilograms) of polyethylene annually when it ramps up to full production by the second half of 2023, Shell said. read more

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Mike Bloomberg commits $85 million to stop petrochemical plants in Ohio Valley, Gulf Coast

The announcement comes as the Ohio Valley’s flagship petrochemical project, Shell’s multibillion dollar ethane cracker plant in Potter Township, Beaver County, begins operations after a decade of planning and construction.

Flaring at Shell’s fracked plastic plant in Beaver County, PA. Photo from anonymous source.

Mike Bloomberg commits $85 million to stop petrochemical plants in Ohio Valley, Gulf Coast

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is putting his wealth and clout into an effort to halt the expansion of petrochemical manufacturing in the Ohio Valley and two Gulf Coast states with an $85 million campaign.

The billionaire businessman and philanthropist announced Wednesday that the goal of the new Beyond Petrochemicals campaign is to “turbocharge” efforts by local community groups to block new plastics and petrochemical plants and curb pollution from existing plants in three target regions: the Ohio Valley, Louisiana and Texas. read more

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Families are leaving Beaver County as Shell’s ethane cracker sets to open

Families are leaving Beaver County as Shell’s ethane cracker sets to open

Published July 31, 2022 at 2:00 PM EDT

Cheryl and Luke Hardy moved to Beaver County in 2012. Luke came from Albany, New York, where he was finishing graduate school, and Cheryl, from Washington, D.C.

The location of Beaver County was equidistant from their jobs – Luke’s at a university in Ohio and Cheryl’s in the Pittsburgh suburbs.

They eventually bought a house in Beaver, an attractive town on the Ohio River with historic homes and a walkable business district. The couple enjoyed events and festivals in town and going to restaurants there. When their children were born, they walked them to a nearby playground and thought of someday walking them to the nearby elementary school.

They barely noticed in 2016 when Shell announced it was building a multi-billion dollar plastics plant, called an ethane cracker, across the river. As construction workers began building the massive plant, it became harder to ignore every time they drove their kids to daycare. read more

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Shell posts record earnings again as energy prices soar

The Washington Post

Shell posts record earnings again as energy prices soar

By Associated Press: July 28, 2022 at 7:25 a.m. EDT LONDON — Shell posted record profits Thursday for a second straight quarter as the energy giant benefited from soaring prices of oil and natural gas fueled by Russia’s war in Ukraine.

London-based Shell said it’s second-quarter adjusted earnings — which exclude one-time items and fluctuations in the value of inventories — rose to $11.5 billion from $5.5 billion in the same three-month period last year.

The latest earnings smash its record set in the previous quarter, when the company recorded $9.1 billion in adjusted earnings.

Shell also said it would buy back another $6 billion in shares, underlining its healthy cash position. read more

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Shell expects new US petrochemical complex to start up by year-end: CFO

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Shell expects new US petrochemical complex to start up by year-end: CFO

Shell Chemicals expects its new petrochemical complex in southwest Pennsylvania to come online by year-end, Royal Dutch Shell CFO Jessica Uhl said Feb. 3.

She said during the company’s Q4 2021 earnings call that the company was finishing up the project in 2022, “which should hopefully be up and running by the end of the year.”

The project also will mark Shell’s re-entry into polyolefins. In 2017, CEO Ben Van Beurden said during a company earnings call that Shell has been in polyolefins “through a very difficult convoluted way in the past through a number of joint ventures,” but the new complex “will be a re-entry in a way that will sustain our position as a polyolefins player.” read more

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The toxic warnings about Shell’s new Pennsylvania  ethylene cracker plant

Extract from a letter to the Beaver County Times about Shell’s new Pennsylvania  ethylene cracker plant

FROM DAVE SUTTON

In great detail, the article describes how the opening of this plant will render the Beaver Valley environment untenable for human habitation.

According to the self-proclaimed experts quoted, cancer will be rampant, the air will be toxic along with the water. Even the light and noise from the plant will destroy everyone’s well-being. However, the Beaver County Emergency Services stands ready to aid at a moment’s notice. read more

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Critics, defenders debate Shell cracker plant impact as project nears completion

The Times

Critics, defenders debate cracker plant impact as project nears completion

CHRISSY SUTTLES ,  DANI FITZGERALD   | Beaver County Times 1 Dec 2021

A new report suggests Beaver County has yet to enjoy the long-promised economic growth stemming from Shell Chemicals’ cracker plant, but industry backers say the gains are clear.

Researchers with the Ohio River Valley Institute, a regional think tank focusing on clean energy and environment, released a report Tuesday titled “A Cautionary Tale of Petrochemicals from Pennsylvania,” analyzing Beaver County’s jobs numbers, new business growth, gross domestic product and poverty rates since Shell announced its intention to build here in 2012. read more

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Shell Is the Greenest Big Oil Company. Look What That Got It.

Shell Is the Greenest Big Oil Company. Look What That Got It.

Shekhar Patil: 31 Oct 2021

Royal Dutch Shell PLC shows much that is wrong with environmental, social and governance investing. The Anglo-Dutch company was the first to target reduced carbon emissions from customers, has gone further than any of the other oil supermajors to shift its direction away from fossil fuels and is closest of any of them to meeting the Paris carbon target. It even has a better ESG score than electric-car leader Tesla or hydrogen wonder stock Plug Power. read more

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A warning to Shell’s new No1 Enemy, Dan Loeb

By John Donovan

Last Sunday I was described in the Channel 4 TV documentary Joe Lycett vs The Oil Giant as Shell’s No1 Enemy and as Shell’s nightmare. (Transcript of the relevant segment)

Within days I seem to have lost both titles to a billionaire upstart, Daniel Loeb, who seems intent on breaking up Shell.

From my unique perspective on Shell senior management over recent decades, he is right to question competence and direction.

How has Shell ended up with a foe (me) operating a website using the top-level domain name royaldutchshellplc.com and as a consequence dealing on Shell’s behalf with job applications and all manner of other email correspondence meant for Shell? This is the humiliating situation Shell has been in since 2005. Evidently, no one at Shell has had the gumption to do anything to put an end to such a farce. read more

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One Foot On The Dock: Why Breaking Up Shell May Be Just The Beginning

Forbes

One Foot On The Dock: Why Breaking Up Shell May Be Just The Beginning

Rob Day: Contributor Hedge Funds & Private Equity I invest in and write about private equity and sustainability.

Activist investor Dan Loeb made headlines this week with his move (through his Third Point LLP) to take a stake in Royal Dutch Shell and then argue that it should be broken up into two entities.

His proposal is to spin out what he calls the “legacy business” and an “energy transition business” (the latter to include LNG, renewables, and energy marketing). His argument is that the company is currently satisfying few stakeholders (shareholders, ESG advocates, etc) by trying to do everything under one roof. read more

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Class action lawsuit: Shell Oil Company workers allege they were not paid time-and-a-half for overtime

The Pennsylvania Petrochemical Complex is more commonly referred to as the ‘Shell Cracker Plant’

PENNSYLVANIA RECORD

Class action lawsuit: Shell Oil Company workers allege they were not paid time-and-a-half for overtime

By Nicholas Malfitano Oct 26, 2021

PITTSBURGH – A class action lawsuit brought on behalf of workers at Shell Oil Company alleges that the employees in question did not receive time-and-a-half compensation when they worked overtime hours.

Robert J. Merryman of Beaver Falls filed suit in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas on Oct. 15 versus Global Scaffold Construction Services, Inc. and Christopher Fannin, of Walker, La. read more

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‘Activist’ Billionaire hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb buys $500m stake in Royal Dutch Shell and demand it splits in two to focus on renewable energy

‘Activist’ Billionaire hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb buys $500m stake in Royal Dutch Shell and demand it splits in two to focus on renewable energy

  • Billionaire hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb, head of Third Point LLC, has acquired $500million in shares of Royal Dutch Shell PLC 
  • In a letter obtained by The Wall Street Journal the firm has demanded that the oil major to separate into two separate entities 
  • One would include Shell’s legacy businesses and provide steady cash flow while the other would house renewables and other units needing more investment 
  • Third Point’s suggestions come after Exxon shareholders elected a third director nominated by activist hedge fund Engine No 1 to the energy company’s board
  • Alexander Karsner, a senior Google strategist, joins environmental scientist Kaisa Hietala and former Andeavor CEO Gregory Goff on the 12-person board 

A billionaire hedge fund manager has acquired a large stake in Royal Dutch Shell PLC and is demanding that the oil major to separate into two separate companies.

Daniel Loeb’s Third Point LLC is pushing for the separation to attract new investors and hold on to current ones as many have sold their shares over concerns that Shell is not environmentally friendly.

According to The Wall Street Journal the activist hedge fund’s stake in Shell is worth more than $500million and is one of Shell’s largest investors. read more

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Shell’s effort to help maintain Hitler’s foreign markets thereby aiding the Nazi Government in its direct war against Britain

EXTRACT FROM A U.S. SENATE REPORT 1943

By John Donovan

A recently published book revealed the extent to which Shell played a key role in Hitler’s war effort. Unfortunately for Shell, new information about Shell’s Nazi history emerges on a regular basis.

The information below is from a hearing held in the United States Senate in 1943. It is available online as a result of a digitization project by Google.

The featured extract has the headline SHELL OIL INTERESTS OFFERED TO HELP GERMANY EVADE BLOCKADE. It is about a business deal between Shell and its German partner in many major ventures, I.G. Farben. The chemical giant supplied the Zyklon-B gas used to exterminate millions of innocent people in the Holocaust. Many I.G. Farben directors were found guilty of war crimes. read more

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Sniffing out danger?

Sniffing out danger? That odor from the Shell cracker plant put the community on alert

Bad smells are already against the law. How do you know if they’re dangerous? ANYA LITVAK: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Shell to Pay $29.5 Million Toward California Superfund Cleanup

Aug. 10, 2021, 10:50 PM

Shell Oil Company has agreed to pay $29.5 million towards ongoing cleanup costs at the McColl Superfund Site in Fullerton, Calif., according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The cost recovery settlement will go towards cleaning up waste and contaminated groundwater at the site, a disposal area for petroleum refinery waste contaminated with benzene, metals, and a volatile chemical known as tetrahydrothiophene, according to a federal consent decree. A federal court earlier found Shell liable for the cleanup as one of the parties responsible for the contamination. read more

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Shell plans to hang on to Norco refinery – Reuters

Seeking Alpha

Shell plans to hang on to Norco refinery – Reuters

Jun. 30, 2021 3:41 PM ET Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDS.A)RDS.BBy: Carl SurranSA News Editor 

  • Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A +0.7%), which will soon have just one operating crude oil refinery in the U.S., likely will keep its Norco refinery in Louisiana because of its role in supplying the company’s chemical plants, Reuters reports.
  • In addition to producing gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, the Norco refinery produces ethylene and propylene that go to the adjoining Shell Norco chemical plant and to Shell’s Geismar plant, also in Louisiana.
  • The company has three recent refinery sales that are set to close in Q4: the Anacortes refinery in Washington, its controlling interest in the joint venture Deer Park refinery in Texas, and the Mobile chemical refinery in Alabama.
  • Shell reportedly is considering selling its holdings in the Permian Basin which may be worth as much as $10B.
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