In a first for WVSAE, our speaker appeared via technology!  Dr. Brian Anderson of the WVU Energy Institute shared the benefits of the Appalachian Storage and Trading Hub with our members and their guests at the Holiday Inn Express Civic Center in Charleston.

Anderson said the WVU Energy Institute is working on clean coal, plus natural gas and oil, finding ways to take our energy resources and move them up the value chain.

“We’re seeing a production shift to Appalachia and the north east and away from the Gulf coast,” he explained.  “We’re becoming a leader in natural gas liquids.  We’re attracting global interest and this area can support four ethane cracker plants.”

He said many of the jobs associated with these efforts would employ West Virginians.  “We’re building opportunities to roll out the red carpet to new industries in West Virginia,” Anderson added.  “We’re working with West Virginia Forward to develop consistency and expansion to help realize the impact on the supply chain of a major construction project.”

He added that the interest from China is a 20-year investment portfolio.

Members and guests were eligible for door prizes, including two tickets to the WVU-Baylor football game, donated by our September event sponsor, the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia.  The other door prize, donated by our hosts, the Holiday Inn Express Civic Center, was an overnight weekend stay.

In addition, Jonathan Adler won a $100 gift certificate from WVSAE for recruiting two new association members since June.

Again, many thanks go to our September event sponsor: