Tree clearing is under way at the site of a proposed ethane cracker plant in eastern Ohio, even though a final investment decision is still pending by PTT Global Chemical America and its partner, Daelim.
The companies last week announced they have hired a local firm to clear 140 acres in Belmont County of trees by March 31, Kallanish Energy reports.
The local company will remove all trees three inches in diameter and larger at the site at Shadyside, on the Ohio River where a now-razed coal-burning power plant used to stand.Click here to read the rest of that article.
Meanwhile, Marcellus Drilling News reports that the reason for the delay in a final decision on the construction of the plant may be a dispute over labor rates. From MDN:
Our impeccable source tells us that multiple reliable sources told him/her that while the engineering contract was awarded to Bechtel last year, and while Bechtel was also tapped to actually perform construction of the plant (along with Bechtel’s joint venture partner, Great Arrow Builders), Bectel’s involvement with the project is now “up in the air.” Our source says depending on who you talk to, the Bechtel contract is not just “up in the air,” but that Bechtel is out, plain and simple.Click here to go to that post.