BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Gov. John Bel Edwards and Delta Biofuel CEO Philip Keating announced plans for a $70 million renewable fuel plant in Iberia Parish.

The production facility would produce biomass fuel pellets made from bagasse — residual sugarcane fiber.

“Renewable energy is a key component in reaching environmental protection targets, and Louisiana looks forward to welcoming the latest renewable fuel investment, Delta Biofuel,” said Gov. Edwards. “Working in tandem with our sugar mills, Delta plans to turn previously discarded waste into a source of energy. Continued growth in the renewable fuels and renewable energy sectors is prime economic development, as Delta Biofuel’s project would result in 275 new jobs in Acadiana. On behalf of the people of Louisiana, we look forward to this fantastic new project coming to our state.”

The proposed site for the facility on near Hwy 90 in Jeanerette. Construction would begin in September 2021 and end the following year with hiring beginning immediately after construction is completed.

“This is an exciting development for Iberia Parish,” said Mike Tarantino, President and CEO of Iberia Industrial Development Foundation. “The proposed employment and capital investment, along with the infrastructure improvements that this project would bring will be a great addition to our community.”

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