CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An industry analyst said with the amount of natural gas coming out of the ground, the United States needs at least a dozen more cracker plants to handle the load.
Tom Gellrich of Topline Analytics, explained that could mean more than one cracker plant in West Virginia.
Gellrich was a guest speaker at the Marcellus to Manufacturing Ethane Development Conference in Charleston.
Cracker plants, which can span hundreds of acres, use extreme heat to convert ethane separated from a natural gas stream into ethylene.
Antero Resources announced Wednesday it would be supplying the proposed cracker complex in Wood County with 30,000 gallons of natural gas each day.
With the amount of ethane available in West Virginia and at different shale sites around the country, Gellrich stressed a need for more cracker complexes—like the one near Parkersburg—and the industries that go along with it.
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