To meet demand for shale well cement, idled WV site restored

By Luke Geiver | October 05, 2018

A multi-million-dollar shale gas-linked modernization project has helped restore a West Virginia cement facility inactive for 10 years. LafargeHolcim, a global entity that provides cement and other materials, announced that its Weirton, W.V., facility will now be used to store and distribute specialty cements destined for the oil gas industry of the Appalachian region.

The company updated a new water-based offloading portion of the facility and restored the silos. The special well cements required for high temperatures and pressures will be stored or shipped from the location.

“We have made a significant investment in the Weirton terminal in direct response to the growing needs of our energy industry customers,” said Jamie Gentoso, CEO of the company’s U.S. cement operations. “Demand for access to our well cement has increased dramatically, yet existing distribution channels had grown congested,” he added.

LafargeHolcim worked with several West Virginia state entities to complete the restoration project, including the Department of Commerce and the Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle.

In the future, the company intends to continue revitalizing the area. Due to the heavy truck activity expected near the site, the entities that made the restoration possible will work on enhancing the road infrastructure near the site.