Bayer explores attracting cracker to W Virginia using shale gas

20 December 2010 23:50  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Bayer is exploring the idea of potential investors using one of its sites in West Virginia for a cracker using feedstock derived from Marcellus Shale natural gas, a company spokesman said on Monday.

Bayer is looking at two of its West Virginia sites as the potential location of an ethylene unit, said Bayer spokesman Bryan Iams. The sites include New Martinsville, with about 1,000 acres (405 ha), and Institute, with about 460 acres.

“Bayer's Institute and New Martinsville Industrial Parks might be the ideal locations for a thermal cracker for converting the excess ethane found in the gas liquids from the shale,” Iams said.

“The valuable chemical feedstocks from such a cracking facility could be used to spur investment by current tenants and by other chemical producers located in the region.”

Both sites have direct access to major waterways, railways and highways, Iams continued.

“Additionally, companies are looking for alternative methods to handle the waste water that results from the process,” Iams said.

“Our experts are investigating how Bayer may be able to provide sustainable options to treat this water.”

He added,” These sites are strategically located in the centre of the [Marcellus] field and are within reach of about 70% of the US population.”

“Bayer utilises natural gas as both a raw material and a fuel source,” Iams said. “In addition, the company is investigating the role it could play at various points of the operation, such as processing, shipping and sustainable water treatment.”

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