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Ascension Parish under consideration for ‘blue’ ammonia production facility

By: - August 17, 2022 6:21 pm
John Bel Edwards

Gov. John Bel Edwards (Greg LaRose/Louisiana Illuminator)

CF Industries Holdings is evaluating site in Ascension Parish for an ammonia production facility that will use carbon-capture technology. If selected, the complex would bring more than 100 new jobs to the area, with an average salary exceeding $100,000.

“This massive proposed investment from CF Industries would create good-paying jobs and strengthen Louisiana’s position as a leader in the clean energy transition,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a statement. “This would be another big step toward our goal of making Louisiana carbon-neutral by 2050.”

The complex, a $2 billion investment, would be a joint venture between CF Industries and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. The facility would employ carbon capture and sequestration, making the ammonia production process result in lower carbon emissions. In a statement the two companies said that so-called “blue” ammonia, as contrasted with “green” ammonia, the production of which is nearly carbon-free, “will play a pivotal role in accelerating the world’s transition to clean energy.”

A study on the location is expected to take nine months to a year. Construction of the complex will take an additional four years.

According to the statement, the state is offering CF Industries an incentive package and adds that the company will be eligible for $6 million in reimbursement for certain expenditures during the construction phase as well as tax incentives through the state’s Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption programs.

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Piper Hutchinson
Piper Hutchinson

Piper Hutchinson is a reporter for the Louisiana Illuminator. She has covered the Legislature and state government extensively for the LSU Manship News Service and The Reveille, where she was named editor in chief for summer 2022.

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