ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) – Shell Chemicals has purchased land in Beaver County’s Potter Township near the site where the company has proposed the construction of an ethane cracker plant.
The Beaver County Times reports Shell paid $6.5 million for its latest acquisition of 13.7 acres along state Route 18.
A portion of the land once housed the industrial insulation company VersiTech. The purchase of that land was the last big domino to fall in Shell’s plan for the proposed plant.
Shell now owns nearly every parcel on the southern side of Rt. 18 between Interstate 376 and Raccoon Creek.
Spokesman Michael Marr says the acquisition allows Shell to meet the cracker plant’s parking needs while the project is in its construction phase.
Representatives from VersiTech couldn’t be reached for comment.