Bechtel, the project manager for the massive Shell Chemicals plant under construction in Beaver County, is going to be the project manager for a similar project in Ohio if it is built.
The news was confirmed Thursday in a presentation at the Northeast Petrochemical Exhibition and Conference by Paul Marsden, SVP of Bechtel'sunit in Pennsylvania. Bechtel is working along with Samsung on the project, Marsden said. But, he said, it depends on PTT Global Chemicals making a final investment decision on the project that has been expected for years.
The Thai-based PTT Global Chemicals has been in the initial stages of a petrochemical plant on the banks of the Ohio River, about 60 miles south of Pittsburgh, in Belmont County, Ohio. PTT has been working on the project for years, and enlisted another company, South Korea-based Daelin, to help. But no final investment decision has been made. A spokesman for PTT in Ohio wasn't immediately available for comment.
Bechtel had been rumored to be in the mix for general contractor for the project, as it is for the multibilliondollar Shell plant. The general contractor works with dozens of subcontractors and thousands of employees to make sure that everything goes as designed and planned. The agreement between Bechtel and PTT Global Chemical was reached earlier this year, Marsden said.Read more by clicking here.