The Board of Commissioners of the Port of Krotz Springs announced that Executive Director Gary Soileau will retire from his post after over 25 years.
E. Lynn Lejeune was selected to succeed Soileau, according to a news release. She will take her position as the newly appointed executive director for the Port on July 1.
Lejeune is expected to hit the ground running on July 1. The Hazelwood Energy Hub will invest over $400 Million in fuel storage, distribution and crude oil blending. The port will be the site of the construction of six above-ground crude oil storage tanks along with the blending. The company will ship crude oil to refinery customers in the Gulf Region. They will utilize four salt dome caverns for additional storage of numerous crude oil varieties.
Hazelwood represents a paradigm shift in the storage, delivery and refining of crude oil. The company will be capable of storing and blending many different crude oil types on one site, with the capability of achieving precise blends to maximize refinery output and performance. Port Barre will be the location for this process.
Lejeune said the company anticipates creating 130 new permanent jobs with an average of annual salary of $63,500.00 plus benefits. There will be an approximate 150 indirect jobs created plus an additional 200 jobs in the construction phase.
Hazelwood Energy Hub President Bob Edmundson states that the development team considered locations in several neighboring states. But, the efforts of St. Landry Parish and Louisiana Economic Development were instrumental in bringing this project to the people in St. Landry Parish.
Hazelwood will have access to an extensive network of five major pipelines and will operate a barge loading and unloading facility on the Atchafalaya River at the Port of Krotz Springs.