DARROW, La. (AP) — A planned expansion at a Louisiana plant that recycles used sulfuric acid for use at oil refineries is expected to create about 100 construction jobs.
The Advocate reports that Veolia North America said it will spend $40 million to expand its sulfuric acid regeneration plant in Ascension Parish.
The move will retain all 29 employees at the facility, who have an average salary of $83,000 plus benefits. The plant, located in Darrow, takes spent sulfuric acid and converts it to fresh, commercial-quality sulfuric acid. Refineries use sulfuric acid as a catalyst to produce high-octane gasoline.
The expansion involves installing new equipment and upgrading existing equipment. The company says it will result in a 15% increase in sulfuric acid regeneration capacity.