ALEXANDRIA – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal joined Cool Planet Energy Systems President and CEO Howard Janzen at the Port of Alexandria to break ground on the company’s first commercial-scale facility, one of three bio-refineries Cool Planet will develop in Louisiana. The second and third modular biomass-to-gasoline refineries will be built in Natchitoches, La., and at a site to be determined in Louisiana.
Cool Planet is investing $56 million in the Alexandria-based bio-refinery and will create 24 new direct jobs averaging $59,600 plus benefits. When combined with the other two planned Louisiana facilities, the company will invest a total of $168 million and create 72 new direct jobs. Additionally, LED estimates the three facilities will result in 422 new indirect jobs, for a total of 494 new jobs in Central Louisiana. The company estimates 350 construction jobs will be created through the building of the three bio-refineries.
Governor Jindal said, “With an established energy sector that continues to provide global leadership, Louisiana also is paving the way for innovative energy projects, such as the micro-refineries Cool Planet Energy Systems is developing in our state. We’re proud that our state’s energy industry, outstanding business climate and world-class workforce are attracting the most innovative new projects in the industry. Cool Planet’s bio-refineries will provide tomorrow’s technology today to harness our renewable energy resources and supply advanced fuels to meet our nation’s growing energy demands.”