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Rising Rust Belt Revitalization Economic Summit

Monday Oct. 7 at Park Inn by Radisson

Plastics Process Technician Apprenticeship

NWPA Plastic Companies – Act now to participate in this cutting-edge new apprenticeship for the NW region of Pennsylvania! Next class will be starting in August 2019. Limited number of spaces available. For more information, please call Lance Hummer at 814-677-4427 or email .

What is the TEAM Consortium? Handout

HUB Meeting February 26, 2019 at the Keystone Community Education Council.

Meeting was an informational meeting for HUB members about the TEAM Consortium.

Elizabeth McIntyre, executive director of the Tri-State Energy & Advanced Manufacturing (TEAM) Consortium, told the HUB members at the February 26, 2019, HUB meeting that this region has a “once-in-several-generations opportunity” regarding the economic boom the petrochemical industry will provide.

The TEAM Consortium was formed to handle the area of workforce development by the Tri-State Shale Coalition, which is composed of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.  Those states formally signed an agreement to work together and drafted bylaws in early 2019. MORE…


US Northeast Petrochemical Situation and Outlook 2019

Petrochemical investment in the Northeast US is set to rise exponentially, for example, during 2020-25 the NE will account for 16% of North American petrochemical projects compared to 1% during 2015-2019. Now is the time to gain an in-depth understanding of where the regions next opportunities are and get in on the action!

Focusing on this, the NWPA Oil and Gas Hub have partnered with Petrochemical Update and would like to share with you their recent whitepaper US Northeast Petrochemical Situation and Outlook 2019, a brand new 30-page complimentary whitepaper providing key analysis on the biggest opportunities, developments and trends facing the Northeast US petrochemical industry in 2019 and beyond in the wake of crucial investment in the industry to help you.

Download your complimentary copy of the whitepaper here!

The outlook will cover the latest on likes of upcoming and current investments, supply chain & logistics, construction costs and the Appalachian storage and trading hub. Exclusive interviews include insight from:

  • Shell Chemical Pennsylvania, Logistics Manager, Chris Jackson
  • Appalachian Development Group, President and CEO, Steve Hedrick
  • American Chemistry Council, Chief Economist, Kevin Swift

Download your copy here!

Ethane Storage and Distribution Hub in the United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a Report to Congress:  Ethane Storage and Distribution Hub in the United States.  The report highlights the potential in Appalachia for the development of a new ethane hub based on the tremendous low-cost resource from the Marcellus and Utica shales, and the accompanying security and reliability benefits derived from geographic diversity in the nation’s petrochemicals manufacturing base.

“There is an incredible opportunity to establish an ethane storage and distribution hub in the Appalachian region and build a robust petrochemical industry in Appalachia,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today at the annual National Petroleum Council Meeting in Washington D.C. “As our report shows, there is sufficient global need, and enough regional resources, to help the U.S. gain a significant share of the global petrochemical market. The Trump Administration would also support an Appalachia hub to strengthen our energy and manufacturing security by increasing our geographic production diversity.”

The United States is now the top producer of oil and natural gas in the world, with an additional benefit in the form of increased natural gas liquids (NGLs), including ethane. …

Utica Midstream
Thu. 3/21/2019

7:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Barrette Center at Walsh University
North Canton, OH

Registration is now open!

Exploration and production, oil and gas public policy

  • Learn what’s new in the energy business
  • Build your network of business contacts
  • Find your opportunity

Cost: $425

The NWPA Oil and Gas Hub

The NWPA Oil and Gas Hub is a collaborative professional resource partnership that exists to promote regional expansion and development of the petro-chemical industry for the economic revitalization of Northwest PA and the surrounding areas.

In 2009, the Hub began bringing together leaders of education, economic development, industry and local government. A plan was developed to provide: (1) information and programs needed to educate communities and businesses about the petro-chemical industry; (2) supply chain businesses with instruction on how to do business with oil and gas companies; and (3) facilitation of programs about the impact of the Petrochemical/Cracker Plant (currently under construction in Monaca, PA) on manufacturing in PA.

Governor Wolf said, “Pennsylvania has a once-in-a generation opportunity to develop and implement a strategy that will cultivate a manufacturing renaissance and transform our economy across the Commonwealth. The foundation for building a diverse and robust petrochemical and plastics industry was initiated with the decision by Shell Chemicals to invest in Pennsylvania-and we must ensure that we make the most of this chance to create good paying jobs for Pennsylvanians.”

The Time for Action is NOW!
The recently released IHS Markit study and report, Prospects to Enhance Pennsylvania’s Opportunities in Petrochemical Manufacturing, was commissioned by the Team Pennsylvania Foundation in partnership with DCED. It was designed to help Pennsylvania maximize the in-state economic benefits of PA’s natural gas resources to generate new, high paying manufacturing jobs, attract investment, grow the supply chain and output in the plastics sector, and generate state and local revenue.
From this report we know:

  • 10,000 unconventional wells drilled in PA
  • PA is the 2nd largest producer of natural gas in the US
  • $12 Billion Pipeline Buildout (8 major)
  • Shell Cracker Plant construction in Beaver County with the potential for 3 – 4 additional plants in the tri-state region of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia
  • 30% cost advantage for ethane compared to the US Gulf Coast by 2030
  • HDPE and LLDPE use in Western PA
  • PA proximity to end users of polyethylene

What Is Being Done to Capitalize on This Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity?

Since inception, the Hub has hosted numerous events to support those efforts. Most recently in March 2017, the Hub hosted a sold-out (over 400 attendees) forum featuring speakers from SW Louisiana, PA DCED, PIOGA and the Marcellus Shale Coalition called the “Regional Impact of the Petrochemical/Cracker Plant on Western PA”. This highly successful event focused on educating attendees about the opportunities ahead for PA businesses and communities with the construction of the Shell Cracker Plant located in Monaca (Beaver County), PA.

Building on that momentum, Hub partners have continued to meet to redefine the mission and develop a regional strategic plan with short- and long-terms goals to realize the maximum benefit of this investment for Pennsylvania businesses, citizens, and communities.

How is the HUB doing this?
What can you do to support Hub goals?

  • Inform yourself and others about the industry and the opportunities available.
  • Collaborate with the Hub and its partners.
  • Engage with the Hub by participating in events.
  • Share the message. Support and promote the Hub.
  • Fund Hub efforts.If you are interested in connecting with the NW Oil and Gas Hub please contact:
    Lance Hummer, (814) 677-4427,
    Deb Lutz, (814) 673-5654,


Video of our March 8th – Regional Impact of the Petrochemical/Cracker Plant On NW PA is now available on youtube! Our sincere thanks to Stream Entertainment for making this available!

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Petrochemical Update

Published on Sep 14, 2016

Pennsylvania is experiencing an energy boom. Natural gas, nuclear generation, oil, coal, and renewable sources make PA the 2nd largest unconventional natural gas field in the world.

Royal Dutch Shell $4B Cracker Plant
Published on Sep 19, 2016

On June 7, 2016, Royal Dutch Shell announced it has chosen Pennsylvania to build a $6 billion ethane cracker plant in Beaver County.

Northeast US Petrochemical Construction Conference 2017
June 19-20, Pittsburgh

  • Hear from 50+ expert speakers
  • Network with 400+ attendees
  • Meet 20+ exhibitors
  • Identify growth opportunities, secure investment and form partnerships

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Attendees, Speakers, and Organizers –

Thank you for making this SOLD OUT event so successful!

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March 8, 2017: Regional Impact of the Petrochemical/Cracker Plant on Western PA
From: 9AM to 4PM (Registration: 8-9AM)
Location: Cross Creek Resort, 3815 State Rt. 8 Titusville, PA 16354
Cost: $65/person or $50/person if registering in a group of 2 or more.

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