Shell's proposed ethane cracker in Pennsylvania is facing several challenges apart from securing feedstock supplies, according to this analysis. One issue is the availability of "any suitable LPG storage in the vicinity of their proposed site," said Rusty Braziel of RBN Energy. "If you are a producer," said Peter Fasullo of consulting firm EnVantage, "you want to make sure that you will not have to throttle back gas production because the ethane can't be consumed by Shell's plant when it is down. If Shell can find a way to not disrupt the producer, then the project has jumped one major hurdle."

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