It was announced Friday that two new biodiesel
plants will be built in Louisiana, according to the Advocate and WBRZ 2 TV news
. The two plants, to be built by a subsidiary of the Shaw Group for $1.5 billion, will be in West Baton Rouge and Ascension parishes and will initially produce 100 million gallons a year. One ethanol
and one biodiesel plant will be built, with the biodiesel plant able to make 1 billion gallons a year and the ethanol plant able to produce 500 million gallons a year, if planned expansion over several years goes as planned. The plants will use sugar cane, soybeans and other crops grown in the state. The biodiesel plant will be in Port Allen, and the fuel could be exported to Europe for about five cents a gallon, if more is produced than is needed locally.