CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice, Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher and WVU Energy Institute Director Brain Anderson offered additional insight on Monday into the $83.7 China Energy agreement announced late last week.

They weren’t at liberty, they said, to delve into specifics, but outlined the history of the memorandum of understanding, how it nearly went south — literally south to Texas — and how direct involvement by Justice with the support of his friend, president Trump, saved the deal.

They couldn’t identify a specific number of jobs that might be created by the proposed projects, though Justice speculated tens of thousands. They believe, they said, that construction on some of the early projects could begin next year.

One key to the memo, they said, was Trump’s desire to restore some of the China trade imbalance. And their goal, they said, is to promote manufacturing here, not export of a valuable resource elsewhere where someone else could add value to it.