Renewable Energy Group announces Geismar site expansion

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Gov. John Bel Edwards was among the officials at the ceremony at REG Geismar.

Gov. John Bel Edwards and area officials were in attendance as Renewable Energy Group announced an expansion project that promises new jobs.

The governor and state Rep. Ken Brass of District 58 shared photos from the Ascension Parish event.

“It’s an honor to have such a forward-thinking business like Renewable Energy Group right here in the state of Louisiana,” said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards. “REG has been an exceptional partner for this community and our state, and we were proud to be able to provide an incentive package for this improvement and expansion. This team is helping our world achieve lower-carbon goals, all while providing a great benefit to our local economy.”

The company will invest more than $950 million in the expansion project at the Geismar site.

According to a news release from the company, REG received an incentive package from the state of Louisiana that contained comprehensive workforce support and tax incentives.

The project will create 500 construction jobs over the next two years, along with creating 60 REG jobs and 350 permanent indirect jobs after the scheduled startup in 2024.

According to the company, the project will take total site production capacity from 90 million gallons per year to 340 million gallons per year.

REG Geismar was the first renewable diesel production facility in the U.S. and was acquired by REG in 2014.

Since that time, REG has been investing in the facility to improve safety, logistics and operational capabilities. REG first announced their plans for expansion of REG Geismar in 2020, and announced earlier this year that the project was being combined with an original plant improvement project, with both being advanced to construction phase. This groundbreaking marks the formal start of construction on the project.

“This improvement and expansion project is a strategically advantaged growth project, and will position REG to continue our leadership in the renewable fuels industry,” said REG President and CEO Cynthia (CJ) Warner. “The push from investors and regulatory leaders for lower-carbon solutions is being met with greater pull from sustainability-minded consumers who want to reduce their carbon profiles NOW. REG is helping lead the transition to cleaner, greener energy and this project is an exceptional example of that.”

The project will involve upgrades to the existing site, as well as an expansion that will be located adjacent to the existing site. Improvements will include enhanced marine logistics that will enable global trading of feedstocks and fuel.

Upon completion, the fuel produced at REG Geismar will annually reduce harmful CO2 emissions by up to 2.8 million metric tons,1 or the equivalent to greenhouse gas emissions from 7.1 billion miles driven by an average passenger vehicle.

REG is a leading provider of lower carbon intensity products and services, and an international producer of biomass-based diesel.

According to the company's website, REG Geismar is a renewable diesel production facility in Ascension Parish. The plant uses a wide variety of lower-cost feedstocks to produce about 75 million gallons of high-quality renewable diesel, renewable naphtha and renewable auto gas annually.