Shell Cracker Plant

  • Location: Monaca, PA
  • Owner: Shell Chemical Appalachia, LLC
  • General Contractor: Trumbull Energy Services
  • Estimated Value: $8M
  • Completion Date: 2016

An accelerated schedule, limited access, extreme site congestion, an active landslide, and partial geotechnical information were just a few challenges Brayman overcame during the construction of Retaining Wall E as part of the Franklin Early Works Project for the Royal Dutch Shell Ethylene Cracker Plant in Monaca, PA.    Paralleling the Ohio River on the eastern end of the site, Wall E is a fill wall utilizing “bottom up” construction techniques to create additional real estate, accommodating a rail yard that connects to the existing CSX line.  As a sub to Trumbull Energy Services, Brayman’s scope of work included installation of soldier beams, and tiebacks anchors while working closely with other contractors on precast panel installation and backfilling activities.  Wall E encompassed 25,000-sf, measured 1,500-ft long, consisted of 226 soldier beams, 3,000-lf of wale, and was tied back with 350 strand anchors.  The project worked double shifts to complete in 7 months.

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