Justice announces two major business investments in northern West Virginia, promises 1,200 new jobs

By RealWV Staff,

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – Gov. Jim Justice, while speaking at the W.Va. Chamber’s annual summit on Wednesday at the Greenbrier Resort, announced that California-based Omnis Fuel Technologies will be investing $800 million into the Pleasants Power Plant. 

The Pleasants Power Plant on the Ohio River in Pleasant County.

Omnis finalized their purchase of the plant from Texas-based Etem (Energy Transition and Environmental Management) – who had announced plans to demolish the dormant facility – on Aug. 4. Omnis previously stated their intention to convert the plant to run on hydrogen, which would effectively double the amount of required operational-coal. 

“Coal is such an important part of our economy, and our state’s history,” Justice told those attending the summit. “Omnis will use coal to produce hydrogen, graphite, and water vapor.”

In addition to the $800 million investment, and the promise of 600 new jobs, Justice noted that the plant – which was shuttered in June –  re-opened on Wednesday, allowing 160 employees to return to work. 

“I am so excited to make this announcement,” Justice said. “For the first time ever, the Pleasants Power Plant, a coal-fired power plant, is taking new life right in front of our eyes.”

In his return to the summit Thursday morning, Justice announced the imminent development of a $50 million state-of-the-art food packaging facility in Berkeley County. 

According to Justice, the project will be an expansion of the existing Treplar-owned facility, and will be a  “joint venture” between Klarpet of Turkey, and U.S.-based Triton International Enterprises. Similar to the Pleasants Power Plant, Berkeley County’s new food packaging facility is expected to bring more than 600 “high-paying” jobs to the Eastern Panhandle by the time of its completion. 

Treplar President Murat Ogulcan and Gov. Jim Justice at the W.Va. Chamber Annual Business Summit at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs.

“I am excited to announce this state-of-the-art project and outstanding economic development into our state by Treplar,” Justice said at the time of the announcement. “The company’s investment in our state and their innovative food packaging facility is tremendous, and I wish them the utmost success in West Virginia. I’m honored to add Treplar to our growing list of companies that recognize West Virginia is the best place to raise a family and build a business.”

RealWV will provide updates regarding both projects as additional information is made available. 

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