PITTSBURGH (AP) — Shell Oil Co. has chosen a site near Pittsburgh for a major new petrochemical refinery that could provide a huge economic boost to the region.

Dan Carlson, Shell’s general manager of New Business Development, said Thursday that the company signed a land option agreement with Horsehead Corp. to evaluate a site near Monaca, about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania had all sought the plant and offered Shell major tax incentives. Monaca is just 20 miles from both the Ohio and West Virginia borders, so workers in all three states are likely to benefit.

But Shell said the Monaca site, currently home to Horsehead’s zinc factory, had the mix of resource and transportation attributes “ to accommodate facilities for a world- scale petrochemical complex and potential future expansions.”

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