WASHINGTON (BRPROUD) — Two facilities in Louisiana will receive $320 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to compete with China in electric vehicle battery manufacturing.

A Vidalia facility run by Syrah Technologies LLC will receive $219,820,610 for expansion and another company, Koura, will receive $100,000,000 to construct a lithium hexafluorophosphate manufacturing plant in St. Gabriel, according to Senator Bill Cassidy. Funds come from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

“More good news for Louisiana coming from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill,” said Cassidy. “This will make batteries produced in the United States more competitive worldwide, along the way employing lots of folks here in Louisiana. It’s good for our state, good for our nation.”

An estimated 80 new jobs are to be added at the St. Gabriel facility and 211 jobs are to be added at the Vidalia facility.

“These massive investments will have transformational impacts in Vidalia and St. Gabriel and create hundreds of jobs,” said Governor John Bel Edwards. “This is another step forward in our important work to diversify and grow Louisiana’s economy, create good-paying jobs, and become leaders in the global energy transition as we move toward our goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. I would like to thank U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm for awarding Louisiana this funding, and I would also like to thank President Biden, Senator Bill Cassidy, and Representative Troy Carter for their support of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that made this possible.”

Cassidy said Louisiana is receiving 11% of the $2.8 billion announced Wednesday by the White House to grow the United States’ battery supply chain. The federal government said the funding will go to:

  • Developing enough battery-grade lithium to supply approximately 2 million EVs annually.
  • Developing enough battery-grade graphite to supply approximately 1.2 million EVs annually.
  • Producing enough battery-grade nickel to supply approximately 400,000 EVs annually.
  • Installing the first large-scale, commercial lithium electrolyte salt (LiPF6) production facility in the United States.
  • Developing an electrode binder facility capable of supplying 45% of the anticipated domestic demand for binders for EV batteries in 2030.
  • Creating the first commercial-scale domestic silicon oxide production facilities to supply anode materials for an estimated 600,000 EV batteries annually.
  • Installing the first lithium iron phosphate cathode facility in the United States.

“All projects will develop enough lithium to supply over 2 million electric vehicles annually and establish significant domestic production of graphite and nickel,” said a news release from the White House.