BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Governor John Bel Edwards announces proposed construction plans for a $2 billion blue ammonia production facility in Ascension Parish Wednesday afternoon.

The facility would be developed by CF Industries and Mitsui & Co., Ltd., according to Edwards. Up to 103 direct new jobs and an estimated 311 indirect jobs would be created as a result of the facility’s construction.

“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. “This would be another big step toward our goal of making Louisiana carbon-neutral by 2050. We thank CF Industries for its continued commitment to Louisiana, and look forward to working with company, parish and regional economic development leaders to move the project forward.”

A timeline of the project includes starting with a 9-12 month front-end engineering design study, a final investment decision in 2023, and four years of construction and commissioning, according to the governor’s office.

“CF Industries and Mitsui believe that blue ammonia will play a pivotal role in accelerating the world’s transition to clean energy and that our proposed blue ammonia production facility is an important step towards this future,” said Tony Will, president and chief executive officer, CF Industries Holdings, Inc. “CF Industries has long appreciated the partnership we have had with the State of Louisiana and Ascension Parish, both as we have expanded our operations over the years and now as we decarbonize our production processes and consider new capacity growth.”

Area leaders celebrate the announcement of the new facility, noting the number of jobs it will bring to Ascension Parish.

“CF Industries has been a tremendous community partner for over 50 years and we look forward to working with them on this project,” said Ascension Parish President Clint Cointment. “This facility will help meet the world’s needs for sustainable solutions on climate change while creating 103 new local jobs with over $10 million in permanent payroll and significant local economic activity during construction.”

“With CF Industries’ incredible proposed project, Louisiana’s Capital Region shows it is ready to be a global leader in transitional energy,” said Adam Knapp, president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber. “We have seen over $16 billion in clean energy investments announced since 2020 in our region.”