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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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Site Progress

Over the past couple years, we’ve been hard at work. For example, an important construction milestone occurred in December of 2018: the installation of the Polyethylene Slurry Loop Reactor, using the Mother of All Cranes (MOAC). Some fun facts about the MOAC:

  • It’s one of the largest cranes in the world.
  • It’s 695 feet — 4 times the Statue of Liberty. (Yes, you read that right.)
  • It can lift the weight of 200 school buses at once.
  • It’s a ring crane, which means it can pivot in a full circle to complete many lifts without having to move or disassemble — increasing safety and efficiency on site.
  • The crane can remain in its current location while still being able to reach modules that are far away.
  • It’s pretty awesome.


In October 2018, we installed the quench tower, the largest piece of equipment at the site, measuring at 285 feet high and weighing about 2,000 tons. The tower traveled along the Mississippi and Ohio rivers for nearly three and half weeks. Upon arrival in Pennsylvania, it was unloaded onto a dock and transported down a newly created road—both specially designed to handle the large quench tower.

Water will circulate through the tower to cool down cracked gas, condense heavy hydrocarbons and remove coke and tar particles. The tower is energy-efficient and will transfer the heat absorbed by the circulating water for use in other parts of the plant. The quench tower: One interesting name. Endless efficiencies. .

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The Shell Polymers Difference

Shell Polymers has built a team of diverse and passionate industry pioneers who believe in putting people first. Combined with a new facility, innovative tools, and the backing of Royal Dutch Shell, Shell Polymers is equipped to bring you an unrivaled customer experience.

Shell Polymers Community Involvement

At Shell Polymers, we believe in the power of community. This means being an active part of the local infrastructure and supporting projects and activities that are important to Monaca residents.