PTT Global Buying Land Next to Proposed Ohio Cracker Site

Work is now underway on Shell’s $6 billion ethane cracker in Beaver County, PA. What’s the status of the region’s second likely cracker plant, in Ohio? PTT Global Chemical previously announced they are interested in building a $5 billion petrochemical complex, including an ethane cracker, in Belmont County, OH at the site of the old R.E. Burger power plant. However, they have repeatedly said a “final investment decision” (FID) will not happen until the end of 2017. This is the same routine Shell used. In fact, Shell dragged out their FID a lot longer than PTT has. As with Shell, we look for signals that the FID will be a positive decision to move forward with construction. And as with Shell, we see those positive signs. Shell purchased the land for the site before announcing their FID. As we told you last month, PTT has now done the same–buying the former R.E. Burger site from FirstEnergy for $13.8 million (see PTT Global Buys Land for Belmont, OH Ethane Cracker Plant). Shell then bought some of the surrounding land next to the original site. And now we see the same behavior from PTT, which has signed option agreements to buy land from eight properties in the area close to the R.E. Burger site. We take that as a VERY good sign about the future of this project…

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