Active carbon plant planned for Red River Parish

COUSHATTA, La. (AP) - If predictions hold true, a Colorado company's plan to build an activated carbon facility in Red River Parish will mean 180 construction jobs plus 50 production line jobs.

ADA Environmental Solutions is planning the plant. The activated carbon - which is derived from coal - is to be used to help coal-fired power plants reduce mercury emissions.

A groundbreaking ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Oct. 21 at a site near Red River Mining where ADA-ES will build its first production line. The land will accommodate a second production line, if needed. The plant should be online in 2010.

"Considering all of the negative stuff that's been going on, the $700 million bailout and stuff closing in Shreveport and Bossier and we're right next door, any business going anywhere is good news and now we have something that is actually opening," Red River Police Jury President Jessie Davis said. "I think it's our time."

ADA-ES, of Littleton, Colo., has formed Crowfoot Development LLC, a joint venture with Energy Capital Partners, to construct the facility designed to produce activated carbon for the mercury emissions control market for coal-fired power plants. The first line would be capable of producing 125 million pounds to 175 million pounds of activated carbon a year, with the second line having equal production ability.

BE&K Construction Company, which has opened an office in Coushatta, will build the plant.

ADA-ES picked acreage on already mined land owned by North American Coal's Red River Mining operation to take advantage of rail and highway access, and it also makes it accessible to the Red River Port that is a few miles south on Louisiana Highway 1.

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