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Shale Gas U.S. Chemical Investment Linked to Shale Gas Reaches $100 Billion

| Editor: Wolfgang Ernhofer

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced that potential U.S. chemical industry investment linked to plentiful and affordable natural gas and natural gas liquids from shale formations has topped $100 billion.

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ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley: “This is a historic milestone for America’s chemical industry.“
ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley: “This is a historic milestone for America’s chemical industry.“
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Washington/USA – As of this month, 148 projects valued at $100.2 billion have been announced. These projects – new factories, expansions and process changes to increase capacity – could lead to $81 billion per year in new chemical industry output and 637,000 permanent new jobs by 2023. More than half of the investment is by firms based outside the United States.

“This is a historic milestone for America’s chemical industry and proof that shale gas is a powerful driver of manufacturing growth,” said ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley. “Thanks to the shale gas production boom, the United States is the most attractive place in the world to invest in chemical and plastics manufacturing. It’s an astonishing gain in competitiveness.”

Technip, Fluor and CB&I building one of the greatest ethylene plants in North America at the moment. Shale gas is rated as a main driver for the world scale plant of Dow Chemical in Freeport/Texas.
Technip, Fluor and CB&I building one of the greatest ethylene plants in North America at the moment. Shale gas is rated as a main driver for the world scale plant of Dow Chemical in Freeport/Texas.
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Chemical makers are transforming domestic energy into a stronger economy and new jobs. Between 2010 and 2023, $100.2 billion in increased capital spending can create an estimated 55,000 permanent new chemical industry jobs, 314,000 jobs in supplier industries and 267,000 payroll-induced jobs in communities where workers spend their wages, ACC’s analysis showed. An additional 222,000 temporary jobs will be created during the capital investment phase, which peaks in 2016.

One of these large projects is a new $1.3 billion polyethylene plant from Dow. The world scale facility should go on stream in 2017 and should reach a capacity of 750.000 t/a.

Other projects related to the shale gas boom can be find in GROAB the database for major plant engineering.

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