OCTOBER 2007

Polymer experts gather for meeting
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Polymer science experts from 22 universities and eight countries
are at the University of Southern Mississippi for the International Symposium on Stimuli-
Responsive Materials. The symposium is an initiative of the National Science Foundation-
funded Center for Response-Driven Polymeric Films and the Materials Research Science
and Engineering Center programs at Southern Miss. Center director Marek Urban said the
symposium provides a forum for scholars across the globe to share research findings.
(
Source: Hattiesburg American, 10/30/07)

Polymer school gets grant
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The University of Southern Mississippi School of Polymers and High
Performance Materials has received an $8.2 million Department of Defense grant to
establish a national composites research and development center. The grant will go toward
researching materials to be used in place of steel in the manufacture of the next generation
of ships and aircraft, officials said. Shelby Thames, former Southern Miss president, said the
grant will be used to purchase equipment, fund student research and hire faculty. James
Rawlins, assistant professor of polymers and high performance materials, said the center
hopes to add 20 to 40 researchers over the next two years. The focus of the research is to
extend the lifetime of ships and aircraft by reducing the rate of oxidation, Rawlins said.
(
Source: Hattiesburg American, 10/20/07)

Senate defense appropriations bill has $9 billion for Mississippi
The Senate’s version of the FY 2008 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill
recommends $459 billion in spending, including some $9 billion in Mississippi. The bill goes
to conference with the House within the next two weeks. The bill includes $2.8 billion for
development and construction of the Navy’s next generation destroyers, $1.37 billion in
funds for the LHA-6 amphibious helicopter carrier and $1.4 billion for construction of LPD-25
amphibious ship, all at Northrop Grumman’s Ingalls Operation in Pascagoula. The bill also
includes $5.6 million for aircraft carrier propellers from Pascagoula’s Rolls-Royce, $38.8
million for three Moss Point-built Fire Scout UAVs and $10 million for Hunter UAVs with work
done in Starkville and Moss Point. The bill also has $2.1 million for force protection systems
built by Rapiscan of Ocean Springs, $2.1 million for upgrades of special operations boats at
Gulfport’s United States Marine and $32.9 million for defense research programs at the state’
s four largest research universities. The bill also includes $3 million for the continued scale-
up of industrial capability for production of POSS Nanotechnology. The scale-up allow for
rapid insertion of the advanced material into a broad range of weapon system. The
production is conducted by Hybrid Plastics in Hattiesburg. (
Source: Sen. Trent Lott press
release, 10/04/07)


AUGUST 2007

General Dynamics receives contract
McHENRY, Miss. – General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has been awarded
a $107.7 million contract to produce reactive armor tiles for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
The Army exercised an option of a July 2006 contract which has a total value of $237 million.
It means at least two more years of work for the 42 employees at General Dynamic’s plant in
Stone County. RAFAEL Armament Development Authority Ltd.’s Ordnance Systems Division
of Haifa, Israel, will share half of the production workload. (
Source: The Sun Herald,
08/21/07)

Research center announces cyber competition
HATTIESBURG, Miss.  – The Materials Research Science Engineering Center Shared
Facilities at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting a competition for regional
college students to develop a way to access scientific instrumentation via the Web. There is
a $3,000 cash prize for the winning team plus a one-year contract to develop and implement
the idea. The competition is aimed at providing access to the transmission electron
microscope, a high-end instrument that is part of the MRSEC shared facilities network. Dr.
Marek Urban, director of the Southern Miss MRSEC and School of Polymers and High
Performance Materials, said one obstacle for students taking online science classes is
access to sophisticated and costly scientific instruments. The goal is to overcome that
problem, and even make the scientific instruments available to commercial partners.
(
Source: University of Southern Mississippi, 08/16/07)

Fire strikes refinery
PASCAGOULA, Miss. – A fire at Chevron’s largest U.S. refinery was contained within hours
Thursday and allowed to burn out on its own. It began around 2:15 p.m. Thursday and was
mostly contained less than two hours later. The refinery is one of the top 10 in the United
States and has been operating since 1963. It processes 330,000 barrels of crude oil a day.
The plant employs 1,350 people. The cause of the inferno is under investigation. (
Source:
Multiple, 08/16/07)

ThyssenKrupp names management team
ThyssenKrupp Steel named the senior management team that will oversee carbon steel
operations at its planned $3.7 billion steel processing plant in north Mobile County.
The division will be led by Robert P. Soulliere, who will serve as president and chief
executive officer of Thyssen- Krupp Steel USA LLC. Soulliere has managed several
companies within the ThyssenKrupp Group over the past decade. The 2,700-worker mill, to
be constructed on a 3,565-acre site near Calvert on U.S. 43, will produce both carbon and
stainless steel for the North American market, beginning in 2010. Construction is expected
to employ 29,000 workers over the next three years. (
Source: Mobile Press-Register,
08/03/07)


JULY 2007

Changing output of U.S. scientific articles: 1988-2003
In the early 1990s, the absolute number of science and engineering articles published by U.
S.-based authors in the world’s major peer-reviewed journals plateaued – a change from a
rise in the number of publications over preceding decades. The trend occurred across
different categories of institutions, different institutional sectors, and different fields of
research. In other developed countries – a group of 15 members of the European Union and
Japan – the absolute number of articles continued to grow throughout most of the 1992–
2003 period. During the mid- to late 1990s, the number of articles published by EU scientists
surpassed those published by their U.S. counterparts, and the difference between Japanese
and U.S. article output narrowed. (
Source: National Science Foundation, 07/18/07)


JUNE 2007

Hybrid Plastics gets contract to increase capacity
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Hybrid Plastics, Inc. has received a $5.6 million contract to increase
production capability for its POSS Nanostructured Chemicals for defense and commercial
applications. The Air Force recently said the POSS polymer may replace Kapton for all
military and commercial space applications. R&D magazine listed the POSS nanobuilding-
blocks as one of the 100 most technologically significant new products globally for the year
2000. The funding will significantly increase Hybrid’s defense production capacity. The new
technology improves the thermal and mechanical properties of traditional polymers. It can be
used as a direct replacement for hydrocarbon based materials or as an additive to
traditional plastics. (
Source: Hybrid Plastics, 06/18/07)

ThyssenKrupp eyeing U.S. Steel?
ThyssenKrupp AG, the German steelmaker that recently chose Mobile for a $3.7 billion steel
mill, reportedly is interested in purchasing U.S. Steel Corp. Russian news agency Interfax
reported that ThyssenKrupp was exploring a bid for the Pittsburgh-based company. Interfax,
citing a source in banking circles, said ThyssenKrupp was also holding talks with Russia's
Severstal. The source told the news agency that U.S. Steel was a more likely target. Steel
analyst Mark Parr said Friday that ThyssenKrupp doesn't have enough cash to build the
new mill and pursue an acquisition -- adding that the deal was only a possibility if
ThyssenKrupp scrapped its plans to build in Mobile. The massive project was approved by
ThyssenKrupp’s supervisory board May 11. (
Source: Mobile Press-Register, 06/09/07)


MAY 2007

Degussa plans $10M plant
MOBILE, Ala. – A high-tech foam used in products as varied as the Airbus A380 airliner and
skis will be made at a new $10 million plant Degussa AG will build at the company’s Mobile
site. The expansion is expected to add about 14 jobs. The new facility is scheduled to start
operation in mid-2008. Construction will begin in the fall. Degussa will use the new facility to
make its version of rigid polymethacrylimide foam, trade named ROHACELL, a foam that’s
“sandwiched” between plastic skins reinforced by carbon or glass fibers. Company officials
say the material is ideal for aerospace use. The only Degussa facility that makes
ROHACELL is in Darmstadt, Germany. North American demand for the product drove the
decision to build a production facility here. The product is a division of Degussa’s High
Performance Polymers Business Unit, which has more than 1,000 employees worldwide.
(Source: Mobile Press-Register, 05/31/07)

GE announces Mississippi engine parts plant
BATESVILLE, Miss. – General Electric said Tuesday it will break ground in August on a
200,000 square foot plant that will make composite parts for jet engines. GE Aviation, which
expects the plant to be finished in early 2009, will hire a work force of about 100 workers in
the first 18 months of operation. The company received incentives and technical support
from the Mississippi Development Authority, the city and the Tennessee Valley Authority,
according to the press release. GE also worked with Mississippi State University’s College of
Engineering on an incubator program that successfully produced composite components for
jet engine fan blades. The plant will make composite fan blade platforms for the GEnx and
GE 90 engines. GE Aviation of Cincinnati, Ohio, develops and manufactures jet engines for
commercial and military aircraft. It is a unit of General Electric, headquartered in Fairfield,
Conn. Batesville is along Interstate 55, 140 miles north of Jackson. (
Source: Multiple,
05/29/07)

Plan moves closer for Berg steel pipe plant
MOBILE, Ala. – Berg Steel Pipe Corp. officials plan to sign an agreement with Gov. Bob
Riley and close a land deal Wednesday on a plan for a Panama City, Fla.-based company
to build a $75 million facility at the former International Paper site in north Mobile. The facility
is expected to employ about 100 workers who will earn from $12 to $18 an hour. The
company’s incentives package includes $5 million in tax breaks as well as hiring and training
assistance from the state, infrastructure improvements and other tax abatement. The plant
will make large-diameter pipe used in the oil and gas industry on the 86-acre site. The
Mobile site beat out competitors in five other states. Berg is part of the German Europipe
family of mills. (
Source: Mobile Press-Register, 05/26/07)

German steelmaker picks Alabama over Louisiana
ThyssenKrupp AG chose Alabama over Louisiana for its $3.7 billion U.S. steel mill. The
company’s board of supervisors announced Friday that the plant will be located near Mount
Vernon, some 25 miles north of the city of Mobile. It will bring an estimated 29,000
construction jobs and 2,700 permanent jobs, with an annual payroll of about $150 million.
The 3,700-acre Mobile site was chosen over a site along the Mississippi River in Louisiana.
The mill will serve the fast-growing North American market for high-grade carbon and
stainless steel. Full production will begin in 2010. (
Source: Multiple, 05/11/07)

Groundbreaking slated for national formulation lab
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Monday for the National
Formulation Science Laboratory in the Southern Miss Innovation and Commercialization
Park. It’s the first building in the 521-acre university park. When finished, the NFSL will
provide space for high-tech companies relocating to South Mississippi, particularly those
seeking access to university projects involving polymers and high-performance materials.
The NFSL will also make space available for the Mississippi Polymer Institute, a state-funded
manufacturing extension program for the polymer industry. (
Source: University of Southern
Mississippi, 05/10/07)

DoD turns to venture capitalists
The Defense Department is using some of the nation’s top technology investors to help it
find innovations from tiny start-up companies. DeVenCI (Defense Venture Catalyst Initiative)
brings together two groups that have much to gain from each other and that have had
trouble finding efficient ways to work together. “We’re a search engine,” said Bob Pohanka,
director of DeVenCI, noting that the program is a chance for military procurement officials to
have more intimate contact with investors who make a living scouring laboratories and
universities for the latest innovations. The program provides a regular exchange of ideas
and periodic meetings between a select group of venture capitalists and dozens of
strategists and buyers from the major military and intelligence branches. Government
officials talk about their needs, and the investors suggest solutions culled from technology
start-ups across the country. The project is in its early stages. There have been three
meetings since October. (
Source: New York Times, 05/07/07)

Swedish company buys IPSCO
MOBILE, Ala. – IPSCO Inc. has reached an agreement to be purchased by the Swedish
steel company SSAB Svenskt Stal AB. The $7.7 billion cash offer was approved by the
boards of both companies, but still must be approved by shareholders and regulatory
officials in the U.S. and Canada. The $425 million, 370-employee plant in Axis began
producing steel plate and coil for the domestic market in 2001. IPSCO recently completed a
$45 million expansion of the mill that added a finishing line for high-grade steel. The deal will
make Stockholm-based SSAB North America’s largest producer of steel plate, used to build
ships, railroad box cars and other heavy equipment. SSAB also will become the second-
largest producer of steel pipe for the oil and gas industry, trailing only Pittsburgh-based U.S.
Steel. (Source: Mobile Register, 05/04/07)

Pipe plant to bring 300 jobs to South Mississippi
DIAMONDHEAD, Miss. – A pipe manufacturer from India will make its first U.S. venture in
Hancock County, bringing close to 300 jobs. PSL North America will build a pipe
manufacturing plant at Port Bienville Industrial Park. The state is providing a $9 million
incentive package for the $80 million plant, which will be operating by mid-2008. It will
produce 300,000 tons of large steel pipes a year. PSL North America is a joint venture
between a U.S. partner and PSL, one of the largest manufacturing companies in India. The
company makes spirally welded steel pipes at five plants in that country. It also coats pipes
with enamel, epoxy and polyethylene for use in transporting oil and gas, water and
petroleum. (
Sources: WLOX-TV, Sun Herald, 05/03/07)


APRIL 2007

Russian steelmaker in talks to purchase IPSCO
MOBILE, Ala. – IPSCO Inc. said it was conducting negotiations that could lead to a sale of
the company. IPSCO, based in Lisle, Ill., declined to identify its potential buyer, but a
Russian newspaper reported that Evraz Group SA, Russia’s largest steelmaker, was in talks
with IPSCO. Buying IPSCO would make Moscow-based Evraz the world’s ninth-biggest
steelmaker and give it a foothold in North America. IPSCO’s $425 million mill in Axis began
production 2001. The mill recycles scrap into steel plate and coil for a variety of industrial
customers. The mill last year completed a $45 million expansion project. IPSCO, founded in
Regina, Canada, in 1956, is incorporated in Canada for tax purposes, but shifted its
headquarters to the Chicago area in 2000. (
Source: Mobile Press-Register, 04/13/07)

Researcher working on plastic that dissolves in seawater
A researcher at the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at the University of
Southern Mississippi is working on a recipe for a plastic that dissolves in seawater. Robson
Storey presented the research at the meeting of the American Chemical Society last week in
Chicago. The military, which funds the project, is interested in biodegradable stretch wrap to
replace the plastic now used to covered pallets of supplies. That plastic has to be stored on
board the vessel. But a biodegradable version could be ground up into a powder, mixed with
seawater on board the ship and degraded before being pumped overboard. Work is
continuing on the project. Still to be addressed are maritime laws that forbid dumping any
type of plastic into the ocean. (
Source: Science Friday, 04/03/07)


MARCH 2007

Northrop launches program for student apprentices
GULFPORT, Miss. - Thirty high school students from across the Mississippi coast will be
paid to attend classes their senior year while they learn the new technology of carbon fiber
shipbuilding. Through its School to Apprentice program, Northrop Grumman has partnered
with the Mississippi Department of Education to provide an opportunity to students. They will
attend senior classes at their high school in the morning. Those from Moss Point, Vancleave
and Pascagoula will spend afternoons in the polymer lab at Moss Point Vo-Tech. Students
from Ocean Springs west to Hancock Country will train at the Northrop Grumman polymer
plant on Seaway Road in Gulfport. When they graduate from high school, students can
apply for a two-year apprentice program with the company. Dan Culleton, vice president of
Gulfport Operations, said the company expects by 2009 to have up to 600 employees
building Coast Guard cutters and carbon fiber deckhouses for DDG 1000, a new generation
of Navy ship. (
Source: Sun Herald, 03/31/07)

Excel buys Dickten & Masch plant
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Excel Injection Molding, a Hattiesburg custom plastic company, has
bought the Dickten & Masch plant in the Hattiesburg-Forrest County Industrial Park. It will
allw Excel, which employs 40 people, to double its space and add 10 to 15 jobs over the next
12 to 18 months. Dickten & Masch, a plastics company that had been in Hattiesburg since
1998, announced in October it would close the plant that employed slightly more than 100
people and consolidate its operations at its Nashotah, Wis., plant. (
Source: Hattiesburg
American, 03/30/07)

Steel company picks Mobile
MOBILE, Ala. – Berg Steel Pipe Corp. chose Mobile for a new $75 million steel pipe
manufacturing facility that will employ about 100 people. The plant, which will fabricate large-
diameter pipe used in oil and gas exploration, will be built on 86 acres at the former
International Paper site in north Mobile, which is currently owned by the Alabama State Port
Authority. Berg expects to close on the land by late April and break ground in May or June.
The plant will be operational in the second half of 2008. (
Source: Mobile Press-Register,
03/10/07)

Ground broken for new plant
GEISMAR, La. – The Huntsman Corp., in a joint venture with Rubicon, broke ground Friday
on a $100 million plant that will make the firm the largest producer of maleic anhydride in the
nation. Jon M. Huntsman, founder and chairman of the company, said the new facility will
make the firm the world’s second-largest producer of the product, which is used in creating
things as diverse as bowling balls and artificial sweeteners. Construction begins within 30
days and completion expected in the late fall of 2008. The facility will produce 100 million
pounds of maleic anhydride annually. Maleic anhydride is also used in the production of
cars, boats, bathtubs, sinks, Spandex, toothpaste, epoxy, paper and lubricating oil.
(
Source: Baton Rouge Advocate, 03/10/07)

ThyssenKrupp unveils Web site for project
MOBILE, Ala. – ThyssenKrupp AG, the German company eyeing property in southeast
Louisiana and the Mobile area for a proposed $2.9 billion, 2,700-worker steel mill, unveiled
a new Web site that includes a detailed look at the two finalist locations.
The Web site, www.thyssenkruppnewusplant.com, provides background information about
the German steelmaker and the new plant, which will manufacture high-grade carbon and
stainless steel primarily for the North American automotive industry. ThyssenKrupp said the
proposed 7 million-square-foot facility will have the capacity to produce 5.5 million tons of
steel annually by the time it is fully operational in 2010. The company began its search in
February 2006 with 67 locations, gradually narrowing the candidates to the remaining two.
The company will choose between a 3,500-acre site near Mount Vernon in north Mobile
County, adjacent to the Tombigbee River, and a 3,800-acre site on the Mississippi River in
St. James Parish, La., west of New Orleans. The company has established an American
subsidiary, ThyssenKrupp Steel and Stainless LLC, to develop the mill, and recently named
Robert Soulliere as its chief executive officer. Officials with ThyssenKrupp in Germany have
told investors that the company expects to select a location by mid-May. (
Source: Mobile
Press-Register, 03/09/07)


FEBRUARY 2007

Competition heats up
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Competition between Louisiana and Alabama for 2,700 steel-making
jobs is heating up. Alabama Gov. Bob Riley summoned the Legislature into special session
at 5 p.m. Monday to raise the state's borrowing limit by $400 million so he can pay for
incentives for ThyssenKrupp AG and other industries to locate in the state. Louisiana’s
Legislature had a special session in December to approve a $300 million package, and Gov.
Kathleen Blanco left Sunday for Germany to meet with officials of Duesseldorf-based
ThyssenKrupp. ThyssenKrupp is planning a $2.9 billion steel-making plant and has
narrowed its search to a site between New Orleans and Baton Rouge and another about 25
miles north of Mobile. The governors and U.S. senators from Florida and Mississippi have
signed letters expressing their support for the Alabama site, which is close enough to the
two states for residents to commute for jobs. (
Source: AP, 02/27/07)

Alabama, Louisiana finalists for steel plant
MOBILE, Ala. – Mobile Mayor Sam Jones said the local area could know within three to six
months whether it will win a $2.9 billion German steel plant. ThyssenKrupp AG on
Wednesday narrowed its options for the plant site to a tract near Mobile and one in
Louisiana on the Mississippi River in St. James Parish near Convent. ThyssenKrupp
announced that an Arkansas tract, reportedly on the Mississippi River near Memphis, failed
to meet its criteria and had been eliminated from consideration. ThyssenKrupp said the
plant would cover 3,000 acres. A joint venture of ThyssenKrupp Steel and ThyssenKrupp
Stainless, the plant would have annual production capacity of 5.5 million metric tons of steel.
ThyssenKrupp said the facility is expected to create about 2,700 jobs when it becomes fully
operational in 2010, create 29,000 jobs during construction, and 38,000 to 52,000 indirect
jobs over a 20-year period. (
Source: Mobile Press-Register, 02/08/07)

Antibiotic-coated medical devices could cut infections
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Hospital patients may one day have a new weapon to fight infection
after surgery: antibiotic coatings attached to implants, catheters, surgical instruments and
other medical devices. Researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi’s polymer
science school developed a way to attach penicillin and possibly other antibiotics to such
devices. The Centers for Disease Control says about 90,000 Americans die every year from
infections contracted when they’re being treated in hospitals for unrelated conditions. Tools
used in surgeries, medical implants and other devices can carry bacteria that enter the body
and overwhelm a patient’s immune system. Southern Miss polymers chair and professor
Marek Urban and his team found a way to modify the surface of medical devices to allow the
antibiotic penicillin to coat them, killing bacteria. (
Source: Multiple, 02/05/07)


JANUARY 2007

Northrop Grumman, UNO team up on composite structures
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Northrop Grumman has teamed up with the University of New
Orleans’ National Center for Advanced Manufacturing to develop and test new ways to
produce large composite structures for future space transportation systems. In late
December, the team took the first step in that collaboration by conducting a series of
composite processing trials at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The trials
centered on the use of a state-of-the-art automated fiber placement machine to characterize
and evaluate the relationships between the physical and mechanical properties of laminates
and various fiber placement and processing approaches. Large, lightweight composite
structures, estimated to be 10 to 25 percent lighter than comparable aluminum structures,
have potential application in several future elements of NASA's Constellation program,
including the Ares V Earth Departure Stage, other launch vehicle components and the
Lunar Surface Access Module. The lower mass will enable larger payloads. (
Source:
Northrop Grumman, 01/16/07)

Goodrich selling oil fields
BATON ROUGE, La. – Goodrich Petroleum Corp. said Tuesday it has a deal to sell all of its
south Louisiana oil fields for $100 million to a private buyer. The deal is expected to close by
Feb. 28. Goodrich did not identify the buyer. The company said the sale will allow the
company to focus its production efforts in an area of northeast Texas known as the Cotton
Valley trend. (
Source: Baton Rouge Advocate, 01/16/07)

Louisiana eyes wood-plastics composites manufacturing
BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana has almost everything it needs to become a center of
wood-plastics composite manufacturing, an industry whose domestic sales are expected to
top $3.1 billion by 2008. “We have plentiful polymer supplies, plastic manufacturing in the
state, large quantities of wood-based products, agricultural fibers and sources,” said Qinling
Wu, project leader in the LSU AgCenter’s School of Renewable Natural Resources. The one
thing the state lacks is a technologically and economically feasible solution for producing the
composites, Wu said. Wu hopes a $791,568 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture
and the U.S. Department of Energy will help him create a product that can be
commercialized. Wu’s composites lab has already created a number of products combining
different plastics with everything from wood fibers and grasses to bagasse and rice straw.
The 50-50 products — 50 percent plastic and 50 percent natural fibers — have some of the
same properties as wood and can be used as decking, interior moldings, windows and
doors. “The general goal for this project is to take this to the next level, maybe to a pilot-
scale lab so we can commercialize this product,” Wu said. If all goes well, the AgCenter
hopes to get the composites industry to establish production plants in Louisiana, Wu said.
(
Source: Baton Rouge Advocate, 01/07/07)

General Dynamics gets new contract
McHENRY, Miss. – General Dynamics' McHenry plant will build a new round of military
vehicle armor under a $29 million U.S. Army contract, the company said Thursday. The deal
is the second contract expanding the company’s reactive armor tile program from fitting just
the Bradley Fighting Vehicle to include the Army’s Abrams main battle tanks. The first
contract, awarded in August 2006, was worth $30 million. General Dynamics was previously
awarded $417 million for reactive armor on the Bradley Fighting Vehicles. The new Abrams
contract will run from July to October 2007. Reactive armor tiles work by sensing when an
explosive munition detonates against them and exploding outward in response, negating the
destructive power of the round. (
Source: The Sun Herald, 01/05/07)

McMoRan's LNG port approved
NEW ORLEANS, La. – McMoRan Exploration Co. has received final approval for its
proposed $1 billion liquefied natural gas port off the southeast coast of Louisiana, the
company said Thursday. The U.S. Maritime Administration approved McMoRan's application
to build a project called the Main Pass Energy Hub. The project will reconfigure platforms the
company previously used for sulfur mining to allow ships to dock and unload natural gas in
210 feet of water just 16 miles east of the Mississippi River’s mouth. The port also will be
used to receive and process liquefied natural gas as well as store and distribute it, the
company's Web site said. Plans call for the hub to be capable of regasifying, or warming up
liquefied natural gas from a supercooled state, at a peak rate of 1.6 billion cubic feet per
day, storing 28 billion cubic feet of natural gas in salt caverns per day and delivering 3.1
billion cubic feet per day of natural gas to the U.S. market, according to McMoRan. (
Source:
New Orleans Times Picayune, 01/05/07)