Wednesday, September 25, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
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HiIton Garden Inn at Beaver Valley Mall 
2000 Wagner Rd Extension South
Monaca, PA 15061

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Update on Shell's new Ethane Cracker

being built near Monaca, PA

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

6:00 to 9:00 pm


6:00 pm - Registration & Networking
6:30 pm - Buffet Dinner

7:30 pm - Presentation
8:30 pm - Q&A

The new Hilton Garden Inn was recenty built on a bluff
overlooking the $6 billion construction site where 4500
workers are preparing the site and assembling all the process 
equipment and piping for this new facility.

The hotel is located about 1/2 mile from the Monaca exit (39)
on I-376, about 10 miles north of the Pittsburgh Airport.

Come for a great meal and an indepth discussion
about how this plant is being designed and built. 

It has been reported that this is the largest single
construction project ever in Western PA.


For more information about this project, see articles at

Shell Polymers   State Impact PA    Wikipedia





About the Speaker

Arthur Bailey is the Technology Manager for this new Shell Chemicals plant and oversees all technical aspects of the design, construction, staffing, start-up and operation of this plant. 

He has been involved in this project since March 2016 and is currently completing plans to relocate from Houston TX to the Beaver County PA area.

Mr. Bailey is a Chemical Engineer with 13 years at Shell and previous experience at Exxon and Lyondell.

For more info, see Mr. Bailey's bio here.


Discussion Topics

Mr. Bailey plans to give us an overview the following topics:

  • Quick review of chemistry of ethylene / polyethylene
  • Marketing - who makes it, who uses it, why will customers buy it from Shell
  • Site Selection - why Shell decide to build the plant here
  • Plant processing units and layout
  • Site prep - unique problems and their solutions
  • Construction and start-up strategy, plans, time line
  • Recruiting workers for construction and operation
  • Process Control and IT features of the plant
  • Preparations for emergency situations at plant
  • Career advice, possible engr openings at Shell – Monaca and elsewhere


  • Mixed Green Salad w/ Assorted Dressings
  • Marinated Roasted Sliced Beef Tenderloin with a Garlic Demi-Glace
  • Paresan Crusted Chicken Pomodoro
  • Miso Glazed Salmon with Stir Fried Vegetable Garnish
  • Roasted Yukon Potatoes
  • Asparagus
  • Assorted Rolls with Butter
  • Chef’s Selection Assorted Desserts
  • Freshly Brewed Coffee & Tea, Soft Drinks

A cash bar will also be available in the reception area.

Register Now!There is limited seating available for this event so we encourage you to register early if you are interested in attending.  The hotel is requiring a firm head count so everyone MUST pre-register and pre-pay. 

NO walk-ins Permitted

We are expecting many students from our 5 local ChE schools (CMU, Geneva, Pitt, WVU, YSU).  We are asking that only 1-2 students from each school sit at each table to encourage more discussions with professionals and students from other schools.