As for the timetable of the complex materializing, Roberts said the sooner the better.
"We are eager to get started." Roberts said. "Heaven knows we need the jobs."
SABIC officials have said the plant would cease operations in 2015. The plant has roughly 109 production plant employees.
West Virginia Department of Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette told the Gazette in November that more than half of the plant employees were eligible for retirement.
Cracker plants break down larger molecules and separate ethane from natural gas. Polyethylene is a byproduct of this process and a base chemical for plastic products manufacturing. Crackers also remove the natural gas liquids, making the natural gas product ready for pipeline transportation.
Corky Demarco, executive director of West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, said those in the natural gas industry felt really confident about the November announcement.
"This is the stake in the ground we were all hoping would happen," Demarco said.
Demarco said Braskem, an Odebrecht-owned company, isn't new to business leaders. Demarco said the first time the natural gas association talked with Braskem was late 2009, early 2010.
Braskem has 36 "industrial units," including 29 in Brazil, five in the United States and two in Germany.
"They have been vetting, kicking the tires in West Virginia for a number of years," Demarco said. "This is the combination of a long process and confirming everything they said when they first came here."
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