ROANOKE - West Virginia Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette said Shell and another company are actively seeking to put a cracker in Appalachia, and he believes three West Virginia sites are in the running.Burdette spoke about the state's efforts to attract an ethane cracker during a break at the fifth annual Governor's Energy Summit on Tuesday at Stonewall Resort.
State Still in Running for Plant: ; Commerce Secretary Says 3 W.Va. Sites Being Considered for Cracker
Construction of a cracker will cost an estimated $1.5 billion to $2 billion. Ethane is produced when processing plants remove the natural gas liquids found in "wet gas" from methane, which is natural gas. The ethane is then "cracked" to form ethylene, the basis of plastic.The race for ...