Tampico yard to supply parts for Shell Chemicals’ plant in Pennsylvania
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Almost 20% of the modules required for a new Shell Chemicals’ ethane cracker plant will be built in Tampico, Tamaulipas, in the Gulf of Mexico, and then shipped to Potter Township, Pennsylvania, the company revealed to The Beaver County Times.
Shell spokesman Joe Minnitte confirmed that fabrication work will take place in Mexico. “The Mexican yards have a global agreement with Shell for work covering multiple projects. The modules made in the U.S. are the larger, more complex ones, where the ones from Mexico are relatively small in size, typically 400 feet.”
The US$ 6 billion cracker project will be split into two phases. The first phase includes building one large ethane cracker unit and three polyethylene units that will be used at the Potter Township plant, while the second phase includes all other aspects of the project, including a cogeneration power unit, rail and other necessary utilities, and other infrastructure needed to support the rest of the facility.
Spain-based Dragados Offshore is a company with operations in Tampico that has signed agreements with Shell for the fabrication of onshore and offshore modules in its Mexican yards, though is not clear if they will supply parts for the Pennsylvania project in particular.