The Ohio River Corridor location is perfect:
- North America’s polyethylene demand is all within 700 miles of the Shell ethylene cracker plant in Monaca, PA.
- There are over 17,000 downriver petrochemical companies within 400 miles of the Appalachian Basin.
- Roads, rivers and railroad can deliver products anywhere in the United States and most of Canada within a week’s time.
The Appalachian Basin’s location at the eastern edge of the Midwest positions it well for the petrochemical, plastics and energy services industries
70% of North America’s polyethylene demand is located within 700 miles of the Shell ethylene cracker plant in Monaca, Pennsylvania, less than two full days away via semi tractor-trailer.
Additionally, the entire Ohio River Valley is positioned perfectly to get products launched across the entire USA and southeastern Canada within a week’s time.
Our interconnected Interstate highway system and local state routes provide quick access to the 17,000+ downriver petrochemical companies that are within 400 miles of the Appalachian Basin. (2017, Energy in Depth).
As the Shell ethylene cracker plant continues to move toward completion, these facilities will serve as the economic engine that will continue to shape a Northeastern/Midwest United States petrochemical hub. More customers will locate in the region and more producers will come.