Shale Energy Law Blog
$500 Million Polyethylene Plant in Plans for Wheeling, WV Area
February 21, 2013
James Cutler, CEO of Houston-based Appalachian Resins, Inc., indicated to the State Journal that his company is preparing to announce the details of its planned $500 million integrated polyethylene facility in Marshall County, south of Wheeling. Funding for the project has appeared to come together, reports the State Journal. The plant will include an ethane cracker that would consume 15,000 barrels of ethane per day. Ethane is produced with the “wet gas” found in the Marcellus Shale formation in northern West Virginia, Southwestern Pennsylvania and Ohio. The plant’s cracker will produce ethylene, and the facility will ultimately produce polyethylene resins, such as HDPE. The plant is projected to produce upwards of 120 permanent jobs.