According to the Jindal administration, the 32 new direct jobs will pay an average of $98,000 a year, which includes an all-employee bonus, plus other benefits, and NuStar will retain 23 existing jobs. NuStar Energy LP, a Fortune 500 company based in San Antonio, Texas, began working on elements of the expansion last year and expects to complete the work in 2016. The project will increase NuStar’s tank storage capacity at the Mississippi River site from 8 million barrels to 11 million barrels.
The state began working with NuStar more than a year ago to cultivate the expansion project. NuStar’s St. James Terminal provides a vital connection via pipeline and shipping with a number of major energy companies that have a presence in the area.
NuStar Energy LP is a publicly traded, limited partnership based in San Antonio, Texas, with 8,417 miles of pipeline; 89 terminal and storage facilities that store and distribute crude oil, refined products and specialty liquids; and two asphalt refineries and a fuels refinery with a combined throughput capacity of 118,500 barrels per day. The partnership’s combined system has more than 98 million barrels of storage capacity. One of the largest asphalt refiners and marketers in the U.S. and the second largest independent liquids terminal operator in the nation, NuStar has operations in the United States; Canada; Mexico; the Netherlands, including St. Eustatius in the Caribbean; the United Kingdom; and Turkey.
Combined with earlier investments by NuStar and future expansion plans at the site, the company anticipates spending $505 million on capital improvement projects at the St. James Terminal over a five-year period.
“The tax benefits that NuStar will realize as part of this project are just one example of how Louisiana and St. James Parish have helped NuStar’s investments become a reality,” said Anastasio, the NuStar president and CEO. “As a result of these incentives, we are investing a total of $505 million in our terminal, which will produce tremendous benefits for the Louisiana economy, including the creation of hundreds of jobs with great pay and benefits. These expansion projects also will give our customers much greater ability to move and store production from very significant crude oil discoveries throughout the U.S.”
To attract the NuStar Energy investment, LED offered the state’s Modernization Tax Credit, which provides a five percent refundable tax credit, worth $3 million to NuStar over a five-year period. The company also is expected to utilize Louisiana’s Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption programs.
NuStar consistently ranks among the U.S. 100 Best Companies to Work For, an annual list compiled by Fortune magazine.
The NuStar announcement continues a hot streak for economic development in St. James Parish. In July, Southern Business & Development magazine singled out St. James for a Special Recognition Award as the parish or county within a metro area to record the best job-creation results in the entire South. Announced in 2010, a multi-phase iron and steel manufacturing project by Nucor Corp. broke ground in March, with the potential to create more than 6,000 new direct and indirect jobs and a capital investment of $3.4 billion.
That project is being built on the east bank of the Mississippi River in St. James Parish, while the NuStar terminal is located on the west bank of the river, with three docks and a maximum draft of 45 feet.
“This is all great for St. James Parish,” said Parish President Timmy Roussel. “We’re very excited about an expansion such as this. To put in that many more new jobs, it is definitely a life ring for the parish.”