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

They weren’t at liberty, they said, to delve into specifics, but they 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.

Last week, the state Commerce Department announced the planned $83.7 billion investment in shale gas development and chemical manufacturing projects by China Energy Investment Corp.

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping witnessed Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher and China Energy representative Ling Wen sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between China Energy and the state as part of the U.S.-China Business Exchange trade mission to enhance relations between the two countries.