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Governor's Trip to Brazil to Focus on Ethane Cracker Plant

West Virginia Legislature

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced Thursday he will lead a trade mission to Brazil next week to continue talks with two companies who plan to bring an ethane cracker to the state. 

Tomblin and members of the West Virginia Development Office will meet with executives from Odebrecht and Braskem while on the four day trip to the South American country, focusing on the next steps for Project ASCENT.

ASCENT stands for “Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise,” and initial investments in the program were announced last November to bring a petrochemical complex and ethane cracker plant to Wood County.

Since, two natural gas companies in North Central West Virginia have signed on to the project- Antero and Range Resources.

Tomblin said in a release the project will allow the state not just to expand production of the natural gas industry, but to ensure those resources are used at home. 

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