Juniper GTL will invest $100 million to renovate a dormant steam methane reformer in the Westlake area and convert it to a natural gas-to-liquids facility, "producing clean waxes, drilling fluids, diesel and naptha," according to a news release from Gov. Bobby Jindal.
State economic officials said Juniper GTL will create 29 new direct jobs averaging $85,000, plus benefits.
Officials estimate the Westlake development will also result in an additional 112 new indirect jobs, for a total of 141 new jobs.
Juniper GTL LLC President Vianney Valès said company officials found in Louisiana the business environment they needed.
"We are also receiving excellent support from the state and local authorities on questions related to the environment, which is a priority for us. As a result, we secured the air permit for the GTL plant in July, which allowed us to break ground this month," Valès said.
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