A new study conducted by Cleveland State University indicates enough ethane is estimated to be produced to support three large cracker plants in the Appalachian Region — and, just as importantly, current plans for plant construction specifically target Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The information was brought forward during a Utica Summit II, held in mid-October at Stark State College, in Canton.
Ethane cracker plants would be a tremendous boon to the area in terms of further manufacturing development. An ethane cracker facility creates ethylene, a compound used in the manufacture of plastic. Some estimates predict between 400 to 600 jobs in each cracker plant, with another 2,000 plus in indirect jobs and more than 8,000 additional jobs in the ripple effect that would follow with downstream manufacturers who rely on ethane and other products that will be created at the plants.
Huge economic benefits to the Appalachian Basin region were projected when the plans for a cracker plant to be built by Odenbrecht/Brazkem across the River in Parkersburg, West Virginia, were released. So, one can only imagine the impact the smaller cracker plant now planned for possible construction by Appalachian Resins Inc. in Salem Township, located in Monroe County, Ohio, will have on the state and the region. There is another large facility slated to be built in Pittsburgh, Pa., by Shell Oil Company, which would round things out by placing a large cracker plant in each of the three states that are part of Marcellus and Utica natural gas production, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.Click here to read more.
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