Ashtabula County Will Receive Texas-size Shale Boost

Pinto Energy hooks up with Columbus firm for $300 million processing plant

 

By DAN SHINGLER
4:30 am, October 6, 2013

 

 

Ashtabula is about to benefit from the Utica shale boom, as a Texas energy company and a technology firm from Columbus plan to build a gas-to-liquids processing plant in the city.

Houston-based Pinto Energy said it will spend about $300 million to build the plant, which is expected to be completed and online in early 2016. The plant would take processed natural gas from the Utica and Marcellus shale plays and convert it into diesel fuel, high-end lubricants and industrial waxes used in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and other products.

Once finished, the plant will employ about 30 people, but Pinto said it expects to employ about 400 construction workers to build it. Pinto figures the plant also will support more than 100 jobs among suppliers, contractors and others not directly involved with on-site construction.

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