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Tomblin, Odebrecht announce ethane cracker plant plans

 

By BRETT DUNLAP
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

 

Photo by Jeff Baughan Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, center, announces the intentions of Odebrecht to build a petrochemical complex in the Washington area during a press conference Thursday at the Caperton Center. He is flanked by Fernando Reis, CEO of Odebrecht Environmental, left, and David Peebles, in charge of business development for Odebrecht.
Photo by Jeff Baughan
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, center, announces the intentions of Odebrecht to build a petrochemical complex in the Washington area during a press conference Thursday at the Caperton Center. He is flanked by Fernando Reis, CEO of Odebrecht Environmental, left, and David Peebles, in charge of business development for Odebrecht.

PARKERSBURG – The proposed development of a new petrochemical complex – the ethane cracker plant – in Wood County will be a game changer for the entire state of West Virginia, the governor said Thursday at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and officials with Odebrecht announced plans for the development of an ethane cracker, three polyethylene plants and associated infrastructure for water treatment and energy co-generation. A cracker plant converts ethane, a byproduct from Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale natural gas, into the widely used ethylene, a key component for the plastics industry.

The proposed complex is called Ascent, which stands for “Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise.”

“Today, without question, is one of my proudest moments,” Tomblin said. “I am pleased to announce that Odebrecht has chosen a site in Wood County, W.Va.

“They have chosen Wood County as the perspective location for the potential development of a ethane cracker. This announcement is a defining moment in the economic development in the Mountain State.”

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