- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

SEWICKLEY, Pa. (AP) - Royal Dutch Shell is closing an office near Pittsburgh next summer, but that won’t affect a pending decision on whether to build a major petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania.

Shell spokeswoman Kimberly Windon tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (https://bit.ly/1O1wP5t ) that most of the 180 workers at its Franklin Park office who are involved in gas and oil drilling will be moved to Houston, the company’s U.S. headquarters.

Asked whether any of the workers will lose their jobs, Windon says, “Employee retention is key to our success and we remain committed to developing our people.”

She also says the decision won’t affect ongoing efforts to redevelop a former zinc plant for possible use as a petrochemical cracker plant in Potter Township, Beaver County.

Shell hasn’t formally committed to the project, but has spent millions on the site.


Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, https://pghtrib.com

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