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At Shell Polymers, we’re in the midst of building a 380-acre world-scale petrochemical facility in Monaca, Pennsylvania. We will convert chemicals with the latest technology, and leverage unique loading and deployment capabilities to create class-leading response rates. (In short, we will help customers get their material faster.)

So, just how does our Monaca plant Break the Mold? By providing a logistical advantage. Located 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh on the Ohio River, we are in close proximity to less-congested East Coast ports. With the facility’s location being near both supply and market, our location allows us to reduce transportation costs and provide you with more flexibility, greater reliability and shorter supply chains—all so you can get the job done. Because you shouldn’t be caught up in all the small details when you could be focused on your business.


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Polyethylene Units

Our three polyethylene (PE) units use modern, proven process technologies to put safety and innovation first. These units receive feedstock from the Ethylene Cracker Unit and “polymerize” it by combining thousands of smaller ethylene molecules into very large molecules with unique physical and chemical properties.

To keep this process running smoothly, online pellet analyzers give real-time data on product quality for faster operator response speeds and quality assurance.

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Application Hall

The Application Hall will contain state-of-the-art technology that allows our Polymer Pioneers to work hand-in-hand with customers and create the product solutions they need.

It will house commercial-sized units for multi-layer LLDPE film, high-molecular weight film, an industrial scale pipe extruder, large and small tonnage injection molding and all-electric, hydraulic blow molding machines for a broad array of applications.

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Steam & Power Generator

The Steam & Power Generation Unit is where electricity and heat are simultaneously produced by three gas turbine generators, thee heat recovery units and two steam turbine generators.

This area will generate 100% of the power the plant needs and has full islanding capacity. This capability will automatically isolate the plant if there is an external disturbance in the grid, which reduces risk and makes our power source more reliable.

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Central Control Building

Our central control building is the nerve center of the facility, containing a state-of-the-art central control room, laboratory and maintenance workshop. From here, reliability engineers assigned to each production area conduct real-time, continuous monitoring of critical equipment to minimize shutdown durations and reduce risk.

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About Shell Polymers

Increase production efficiency and expand supply chain accessibility with Shell Polymers’ industry experience and advanced technologies. Our unrivaled customer experience promotes innovation for plastics converters and manufacturers developing polyethylene products.

Reimagining How Converters Engage with Polyethylene Suppliers

Shell Polymers conducted 1,000+ hours of interviews over two years that inspired new technologies and innovative ideas that address the unique challenges of plastic converters.