4th World Class Marcellus/Utica Ethane Cracker…in Louisiana??

According to the The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register, yet another new ethane cracker project is being planned that will be fed by Marcellus and Utica Shale ethane. Currently there is one serious proposal that increasingly seems like it will happen (Shell’s cracker plant in Beaver County, PA), one somewhat serious proposal (joint venture between Korean company PTT Global Chemical and Japanese financier Marubeni for a plant in Belmont County, OH), and one not-so-serious proposal (Brazilian company Odebrecht building a plant near Parkersburg, WV). This would be the fourth “world class” ethane cracker plant to be fed by Marcellus/Utica ethane–if it gets built. And where would it be built? Louisiana. Which doesn’t create jobs or improve the economy in the Marcellus/Utica region–hence our less-than-enthusiastic response to the news. Atlanta-based Axiall Corporation is partnering with Korean company Lotte Chemical Corporation to potentially build a new ethane cracker in the Lake Charles, LA area. Anticipated start-up would be the end of 2018, if the project goes forward…

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