Roughly 7,000 workers are connecting some 300 miles of pipe and pulling cables at Shell Chemicals ethane cracker complex in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, a $6 billion project more than 70% complete, Shale Directories reports.
Addressing his audience virtually at the Fourth Annual Appalachian Storage Hub Conference, the massive project’s spokesman, Michael Marr, presented an update/status report on the largest project in Western Pennsylvania in decades.
The conference was held Nov. 5, at the Southpointe Office Park south of Pittsburgh, presented by Shale Directories and TopLine Analytics.
The 7,000 men and women onsite at the project are up from just 300 maintenance and cleaning personnel when work at the site was stopped March 18, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, the site’s workforce totaled more than 8,000.
In mid-July, the project’s own COVID testing lab, operated by RJ Lee of Monroeville, Pa., opened onsite. Testing is performed on workers who may show symptoms or may have had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.
Workers will be tested, sent home and then receive test results in roughly four hours, according to Shell. In addition, all new workers brought on site will undergo testing.
The Falcon Pipeline, which will supply the world-scale cracker with ethane, to be converted onsite to ethylene and eventually polyethylene pellets, is more than 95% completed.
The Falcon system will connect three major ethane source points: Houston, Pennsylvania, Scio, Ohio, and Cadiz, Ohio, in the rich gas portions of the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays.
Marr refused to reveal when the project will come online.