Energy technology company builds WVA plant, employs up to 500 | lifestyles

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An energy technology company plans to build a commercial facility in West Virginia that will employ up to 500 people.

Frontieras North American announced Wednesday that the Mason County facility will process more than 2.7 million tons of coal annually. The construction work should be completed by the end of next year.

“Selecting Frontieras for its West Virginia location allows us to receive and ship product around the world,” said Matthew McKean, CEO and co-founder of Frontieras, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, in a statement.

Frontieras is a subsidiary of Frontier Applied Sciences. The company said its processing technology creates a cleaner-burning version of charcoal.

“We want West Virginia to become the energy powerhouse of the world,” Gov. Jim Justice said in a statement. “West Virginia can be the spark that will make this nation energy independent again.”

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