Governor Tomblin to Lead Trade Mission To Brazil

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (November 06, 2014) – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced he will be traveling to Brazil with members of the West Virginia Development Office to continue ongoing discussions with executive leadership from Odebrecht and Braskem.  The 5-day mission, scheduled to take place November 10-14, will focus on next steps associated with the potential development of Project ASCENT (Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise), the petrochemical complex and ethane cracker project in Wood County.

 “For several years, we’ve worked hard to make the most of the increased energy production associated with the development of the Marcellus and Utica shale,” Gov. Tomblin said. “In addition to expanding this energy source, I want to make sure we use our resources here at home. As Odebrecht continues to make significant progress, I remain optimistic this opportunity will be a game changer for our economy – bringing with it thousands of construction jobs, hundreds of permanent job opportunities and countless downstream developments that will usher in a manufacturing renaissance in the Mountain State.”

Since announcing the initial investment stages of Project ASCENT last November, two natural gas companies, Antero Resources and Range Resources, have signed on as the anchor and supporting ethane suppliers for the project.

The mission marks Gov. Tomblin’s third international mission in three years. Gov. Tomblin previously led missions to Europe and Japan.

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