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Shell again delays decision on western Pa. plant

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BEAVER, Pa. (AP) - Shell Oil Co. has again delayed a decision on buying land in western Pennsylvania for a proposed multimillion-dollar petrochemical plant in Beaver County.

Officials announced Friday that Shell and Horsehead Corp. had signed another six-month extension on an option on the site about 35 miles north of Pittsburgh.

The so-called cracker plant would convert natural gas liquids from the Marcellus Shale into chemicals such as ethylene, which is used to make plastics, antifreeze and other products.

Officials say plant would employ 100,000 temporary construction workers and provide 400 permanent jobs after that.

A Shell spokeswoman and local officials say the announcement isn't a bad sign for the project.

Shell spokeswoman Kimberly Windon said the company had intended to take years to evaluate the site and added "We're still on track."

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