- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is set to lead a trade mission to Brazil to discuss the potential development of a petrochemical complex and ethane cracker plant in Wood County.

Officials say the five-day mission is scheduled to begin Monday and will include members of the West Virginia Development Office.

Tomblin’s office says the focus of the trip is to continue ongoing discussions with petrochemical giant Odebrecht and plastics maker Braskem regarding the potential site.

The complex would be known as Ascent, which stands for Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise.

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

The trip marks Tomblin’s third international mission. He previously led missions to Europe and Japan.

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