A Reliable Polyethylene Supply In Your Backyard

A Reliable Polyethylene Supply In Your Backyard

While most polyethylene suppliers are near the Gulf, Shell Polymers is building our polyethylene plant on the Ohio River in Monaca, Pennsylvania. This location strategically places us within 700 miles of the majority of North American polyethylene buyers.

Shell Polymers Northeastern polyethylene plant benefits converters with:

  • Logistical advantages and flexibility
  • Cutting-edge technological innovation in your backyard
  • More reliable polyethylene supply due to reduced exposure to natural disasters
  • Knowledgeable team of experts across key polyethylene converting processes  

Plant Construction Milestones

  • Production Operators Arrive for Their First Shift in Shell Polymers' Finished Control Building

    Shell PE First Shift

    Title: First Shift in Control Building

    Duration: 1:49


    A short video showing the production operator team arriving for their first shift

    First Shift in Control Building Transcript

    [Franz Grasser speaking]

    Today is a big day for Shell Polymers Monaca,where operators of UGF are going on shift for the first time.

    Commissioning and start-up is a very sequential thing, and you can not produce products at the end of your process if you have not done the first steps right.

    This is really a big step. We are prepared for it.

    [Jeff Krafve speaking]

    We’re commissioning and handing over the central control building.

    A lot of folks put a lot energy, talent, and effort into bringing this to life.

    This is the control building that will bring the entire plant to life and realize our aspirations for this site.

    [John Plat speaking]

    This is the first proper turnover where we’re providing it to the asset and they’re going on shift and starting their activities on site.

    [Scott Thompson speaking]

    Our operators have been on our team for over two years now. And during that time, prior to operations, we’ve been focusing on training.

    [Ikenna Uche speaking]

    The operators spend a lot of time on the control system, doing a lot of mach drills and actually getting hands-on training on the control system.

    We also have a dynamic simulator where they can practice offline in a very safe environment. The operators are very comfortable and very experienced and well-versed and have all the tools they need to do the job.

    [Scott Thompson speaking]

    It makes me excited to think about what we’re about to achieve as we continue to commission and start up this plant.

    [John Plat speaking]

    It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing to be a part of, a major start-up like this.

    [Ikenna Uche speaking]

    Ultimately, we want to be the best PE producer in the country so this is a step in that direction.

    [John Plat speaking]

    We’re all in this together. We’re moving every day, closer and closer, to making polyethylene.




    Fast Fact

    In this first shift, operators started on-site training

  • Shell Polymers’ Polyethylene Plant in Monaca, PA Is Making Good Progress at 70% Complete

    Aerial view plant
    Fast Fact

    Workers have erected all of the large structures on the site.

Improving Customer Experiences With Advanced Technology

Robust Notification System

Our technology solutions will be specifically designed to streamline behind-the-scenes operational processes, so company experts are more efficient and can focus their energy on our customers. These tools will also include a robust notification system to keep converters in the know proactively, so last-minute surprises can be reduced.

Proprietary Digital Hub

At Shell Polymers, introducing new tools and processes, such as our proprietary digital customer hub, is just one way we’re planning to deliver an unrivaled customer experience. Pairing our team of passionate industry experts with advanced technology like this will help converters prevent supply chain disruptions and cut down on costly delays.

Predictive Maintenance Program

The plant’s predictive maintenance program will combine embedded sensors, analytic models, and artificial intelligence to help avert trips and failures in critical equipment. The AI algorithms will learn to identify when issues are developing so we can proactively address them, helping to create a more reliable and uninterrupted supply chain experience.

Truck & Rail Tracking

We are also piloting truck and rail tracking technology. This will ultimately be paired with AI to automate solutions that address logistical challenges so customers will know where their product is at any time.

Automated Inventory Tracking

In our research, customers told us they want quick access to information such as the location of their railcar. Because of this feedback, we’ve implemented an automated on-and-off-site inventory tracking system.

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