Expansion of the West Virginia chemical industry via byproducts of the potential Marcellus shale natural gas boom has moved closer to realization this week. NOVA Chemicals Corporation and Caiman Energy, LLC, have signing of a memorandum of understanding, wherein NOVA has agreed to purchase 20,000 bpd of ethane on a long-term basis. The MoU is for obtaining ethane supply from Caiman's Fort Beeler Plant near Cameron in Marshall County. The agreement details plans for Caiman to expand its current gas process plant to "facilitate the extraction of ethane from natural gas." The agreement requires finalization of plans for a transportation pipeline from Ontario to the West Virginia plant.