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Ergon plans $78M expansion of Northern Panhandle refinery

NEWELL, W.Va. -- Ergon Inc. is planning a $78 million expansion of its oil refinery in Newell.Ergon spokesman Jim Temple tells the Weirton Daily Times that the expansion will allow the refinery to process new crude oils from the Marcellus and Utica shales in the region.
Temple says the expansion primarily involves processing equipment and won't create any new jobs. The plant employs 180 people.Mississippi-based Ergon is a crude oil processor, oil and gas explorer, asphalt product marketer and real estate company, according to the company's website.The expansion is expected to be completed in 2014.
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