I’m comparing my experience with the Shell cracker plant in Monaca, PA to the PTTGC cracker plant in Shadyside, OH. As many of you know, Shell made the final “GO” decision on its cracker plant last month, but in our Facts & Rumors newsletter, I reported for about two years all the little things that were happening in around Monaca that pointed to Shell building the cracker plant.
We are in the same situation with the PTTGC cracker plant except the final decision for this cracker plant is going to be much quicker. According to company officials, the decision will be in the first quarter of 2017.
I was in Moundsville, WV yesterday and heard and saw things that make believe the PTTGC cracker plant is going to be a “GO” next year.
I heard that a Thai company has purchased the Sims Building, an office building, in Wheeling WV. I think the Thai companies are very well connected. In other words, a Thai company would not have purchased the building unless it was 100% certain that the Thai chemical was moving forward with the cracker plant.
I saw that all roads leading into the site for the cracker plant have just paved and painted with all new guard rails. Would ODOT do that without its being 100% sure the PTTGC was moving forward with plant?
Lastly, the stack from the FirstEnergy power plant is going to be blown up on Friday. If you live in OH, WV and western PA, you may see it in the news.
I’ll continue to look for more hints that the PTTGC cracker plant is “GO.”