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Shell building a $12.5 billion gas-to-liquids facility on Gulf Coast?

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Shell could build plant in Ascension: 750 new jobs are projected

BY TED GRIGGS and TIMOTHY BOONE: September 30, 2013

Shell is considering building a $12.5 billion gas-to-liquids facility in Ascension Parish that would create 740 new direct jobs with an expected average salary of $100,000, plus benefits.

Shell is evaluating a site with frontage on La. 70 and La. 44 near Sorrento.

The company said there is no guarantee it will build the facility, and it will be several years before the company makes a final decision.

The project must first go through a multi-tiered, multi-year evaluation process.

Shell’s cautionary statements did little to dampen the enthusiasm of local and state officials.

“It’s just phenomenal that they chose the site. That was the key. We’ve been working on this for about two years now,” Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez said.

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Shell shortlists Louisiana for $12.5b mega-GTL plant

Royal Dutch Shell PLC selected Ascension Parish, Louisiana as a potential location for a $12.5 billion gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility.

If Louisiana is the final pick, the plant will be be located near Sorrento, and would also be one of the first commercial-scale plants of its kind in the U.S.

According to an incentive agreement with the state, the project would create 740 direct jobs.

A decision whether to begin construction of the facility is pending several years of site evaluation and preliminary engineering studies, according to Shell.

Selecting a site is an important step that allows us to conduct more detailed planning, technical analysis, and begin the permitting process, said Executive Vice-President Jorge Santos Silva, who directs integrated gas activities for Shell Upstream Americas. Should we move forward with the project, we expect project costs to be well in excess of the minimum spend that was agreed upon with the state of Louisiana, he added.

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