Ethane cracker may be built in shale gas-rich Belmont County
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Thai petrochemical and refining company is considering Belmont County as a possible site to build a refinery that would make ethylene and other plastics from shale gas.
PTT Global Chemical, Thailand's largest integrated petrochemical and refining company and the Marubeni Corp., a Japanese investment adviser, have discussed the project for the last two years with JobsOhio and its regional arm, the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth.
If built, such a refinery, often called a "cracker," could cost several billion dollars, create thousands of construction jobs and hundreds of permanent jobs.
Apr 23, 2015