VEOPS Refinery planned for Oakdale - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

VEOPS Refinery planned for Oakdale

Virtual Engineering Operations, VEOPS, hopes to build a $100 million refinery in Oakdale located in Allen parish.

The site is here off Highway 10, which is off Highway 165 there used to be an old turpentine plant shut down long ago, used by other chemical companies and cleaned up. The land was donated to Allen Parish, now planning to lease it to VEOPS for a refinery. Company president Craig Harrington, investors and others were here visiting the site. "We're looking at developing and building, construction,a 20,000 barrel a day crude topping unit to produce diesel and jet fuel for the local areas."

Harrington says the first is a $100 million dollar development and then they hope to add a fabrication facility.  "Refurbishing equipment, fabricating pipe, fabrication for other projects that go on around the world basically. Different construction companies maybe do not have a pipe fabrication, that we would be able to provide pipe fabrication for their piping systems and vessel equipment," said Harrington.

After phase one and the fabrication facility, there could be a second refinery. In all could mean about 350 jobs. "After we finish and get in production with phase one, we will then go to build the second 20,000 barrel per day crude facility," said Harrington.

Oakdale Mayor Andrew Hayes says the development on this 200 acre plus site may be just what they need to deal with their eight per cent unemployment.  "We have an eight plus unemployment rate. We have been trying to get industry into Oakdale and just to see an industry of this, as VEOPS, coming to the City of Oakdale, it's a blessing," said Hayes.

Their next hurdle is to get state environmental permits which will take several months.construction is expected to start later this year. They'd like to be up and running by 2014.

Anyone interested in employment should check out the company web site.

 Copyright 2012 KPLC All rights reserved

Company officials and investors toured the site where years ago a turpentine plant operated. Mayor of Oakdale Andrew Hayes says it will be a great economic boost to the area.

The parish bought the property years ago for economic development, possibly an industrial park, and looks forward to leasing it to VEOPS.

Company officials are submitting required paperwork and information to Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and they hope to open in 2014 according to company president J. Craig Harrington.

Those interested in jobs should check VEOPS.COM.

Theresa Schmidt will have more about the potential refinery on later editions of 7 News.

Copyright 2012 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • The Compassion Experience comes to SWLA

    Sunday, July 22 2018 1:03 PM EDT2018-07-22 17:03:58 GMT

    Southwest Louisiana can take part in the Compassion Experience in Lake Charles this weekend.  Visitors can grab headphones and an iPod and enter countries like Uganda or India. Put together by Compassion International, this free community-wide event brings visitors into true-life stories of those living in developing countries. The multi-media tour recreated the homes, streets, markets, and schools of children like Olive Aneno. She grew up in Northern Uganda in a region terro...

    More >>

    Southwest Louisiana can take part in the Compassion Experience in Lake Charles this weekend.  Visitors can grab headphones and an iPod and enter countries like Uganda or India. Put together by Compassion International, this free community-wide event brings visitors into true-life stories of those living in developing countries. The multi-media tour recreated the homes, streets, markets, and schools of children like Olive Aneno. She grew up in Northern Uganda in a region terro...

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Heat Advisory for today and Sunday

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Heat Advisory for today and Sunday

    Saturday, July 21 2018 4:37 PM EDT2018-07-21 20:37:09 GMT
    Feels-like temperatures for this afternoon (Source: KPLC)Feels-like temperatures for this afternoon (Source: KPLC)
    Feels-like temperatures for this afternoon (Source: KPLC)Feels-like temperatures for this afternoon (Source: KPLC)

    A heat advisory has been issued for our area through the day today. This advisory began at noon and lasts until 8 pm tonight. This advisory is due to forecast highs in the mid-90s combined with dewpoints in the 70s. These two-combined causes the heat index to soar between 108 and 112. Through this evening expect continued hot and mostly sunny conditions. 

    More >>

    A heat advisory has been issued for our area through the day today. This advisory began at noon and lasts until 8 pm tonight. This advisory is due to forecast highs in the mid-90s combined with dewpoints in the 70s. These two-combined causes the heat index to soar between 108 and 112. Through this evening expect continued hot and mostly sunny conditions. 

    More >>
  • Singer man pleads guilty to robbing DeQuincy bank

    Singer man pleads guilty to robbing DeQuincy bank

    Saturday, July 21 2018 2:01 PM EDT2018-07-21 18:01:12 GMT
    Gordon Cooper (Source: DeQuincy Police Department)Gordon Cooper (Source: DeQuincy Police Department)

    A Singer man pled guilty on Wednesday to robbing a DeQuincy bank of almost $16,000 in December, according to U.S Attorney David C. Joseph's office. Gordon Scott Cooper, 56, Singer, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay to one count of bank robbery. The guilty plea states that Cooper entered a bank with an air-powered BB gun that looked like an automatic pistol and stole $15,999 from two teller drawers. Police later learned that a maroon Honda Pilot had been s...

    More >>

    A Singer man pled guilty on Wednesday to robbing a DeQuincy bank of almost $16,000 in December, according to U.S Attorney David C. Joseph's office. Gordon Scott Cooper, 56, Singer, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay to one count of bank robbery. The guilty plea states that Cooper entered a bank with an air-powered BB gun that looked like an automatic pistol and stole $15,999 from two teller drawers. Police later learned that a maroon Honda Pilot had been s...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly