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Mosaic announces potential ammonia plant in St. James

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

ST. JAMES - Gov. Bobby Jindal and The Mosaic Company's Richard Krakowski announced Mosaic is beginning front-end engineering and design work on a potential $700 million ammonia production plant at the company's existing Faustina site in St. James Parish.

The project would create 53 new direct jobs paying an average of more than $83,000 a year, plus benefits, and LED estimates an additional 366 new indirect jobs would result from the expansion. An estimated 1,400 workers would be required for construction of the plant.

Mosaic operates two Louisiana chemical facilities on opposite banks of the Mississippi River: Faustina on the west side and Uncle Sam on the east side.

Combined, the current facilities employ 379 direct Mosaic employees, who are supported by 235 contract employees. The project would nearly triple existing Faustina production of ammonia, with all the new production destined for sister Mosaic sites in Florida that also manufacture the company's crop nutrient, or fertilizer, products in Florida.

“Mosaic could have looked at other states but chose Louisiana because of our strong business climate, skilled workforce and incredible infrastructure in the chemical and petrochemical industries,” Jindal said.