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Building new and Reliable Infrastructure

Shell Pipeline will build, own and operate the Falcon Ethane Pipeline System, a 97-mile common carrier ethane pipeline which will be located in Southwestern Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Eastern Ohio.

The Falcon Pipeline will connect three major ethane source points: Houston, Pa., Scio, Ohio and Cadiz, Ohio, in the rich gas portions of the Marcellus and Utica shale reservoirs.

The pipeline will be located in a key area as more than 70 percent of the North American polyethylene market sits within a 700-mile radius of Pittsburgh.

The mostly 12-inch pipeline will enhance ethane supply, building new and reliable infrastructure while keeping safety as the top priority.

The project will bring new jobs to the area, with up to 1,000 workers during the peak of construction and four to six permanent employees.

We worked with private, public and corporate landowners to acquire right of way easements to construct this pipeline. Routing is a discussion and agreement with local landowners, taking into account their property concerns.

Shell is in the process of bidding out construction work to multiple contractors. Our selection decision will be driven by Health, Safety and Environmental performance, technical capability, and economic factors to ensure a successful project.

Engaging with Communities

Shell Pipeline has a proven track record of operating safely and responsibility – and remains committed to engaging with local communities regarding impacts that may arise from its operations.

Shell Pipeline continues to meet with state, local, and school leaders throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to ensure an understanding of the project and to address any concerns.

Project Status

  • Right of way easements have been acquired.
  • Permits have been submitted to state agencies.
  • Engineering design, logistics and construction plans are progressing as planned.
  • Permits pending, right of way preparation scheduled to start in the Winter of 2018/19, with mainline construction in Spring 2019.

Shell Pipeline is commited to Safety and the Environment

  • The Falcon Pipeline route was selected to limit impacts to the community, in consultation with landowners and other community members, paralleling existing right of ways when possible.
  • Shell conducted numerous studies early in the project – including wetland and stream delineations, traffic, noise, geotechnical testing, impact area mapping, cultural investigations and analyses of potential impacts to rare, threatened and endangered species – as part of route selection and permit submissions.
  • Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) will be used to protect more sensitive areas during crossings. This limits surface disturbance in sensitive areas.
  • All pipe, which will be buried at a minimum depth of 4 feet, is rated for nearly twice the expected operating pressure, and three times what’s needed on HDD sections.
  • The pipe is pressure-tested during manufacturing and in the field, and every weld is X-rayed or automatic ultrasonic tested.
  • Pipeline integrity is maintained through cathodic protection, 24/7 electronic monitoring and routine right of way inspections.
  • Valves were located to optimize emergency response and can be operated remotely from a 24/7, state-of-the-art response center.
  • Ongoing emergency response planning and training will be conducted with local and county first-responders and managers.
  • Right of way restoration will focus on vegetative growth and slope stabilization.
  • Regular ground and aerial surveys will continue along the pipeline route during operation.