Gas conversion plant proposed in Berks County

Plans will be presented to South Heidelberg Plannning Commission tonight

SOUTH HEIDELBERG TWP., Pa. - A gas conversion plant is being proposed in South Heidelberg Township, Berks County.

Land development plans for the project will be presented to the township's planning commission  at 7  p.m. Tuesday, in the municipal building at 555A Mountain Home Road, Sinking Spring.

The proposed plant site is a 63-acre tract bound by Krick Lane and Mountain Home Road, said Ron Seaman, South Heidelberg township manager.

The proposed plant will take natural gas and convert it into 87 octane gasoline. Byproducts of that process will  produce small amounts of propane.

Calgary company EmberClear Corp. is proposing the shovel-ready project, which will be built and operated by an independent company.

The developers would  like to start construction on the  three-year project in 2015.

Initially, 900 to 1,200 construction jobs will be created to build the plant. Another 80-120 people will be hired to operate it when completed. Developers said those are  preliminary job numbers, which could go higher.

The proposed site was attractive to EmberClear due to its close proximity to raw materials and storage facilities.

The finished product will be shipped by underground pipeline, greatly reducing transportation costs.

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