Officials: REG will restore operations in 2-4 months

Officials: REG will restore operations in 2-4 months

GEISMAR, LA (WAFB) - Officials with Renewable Energy Group off Highway 30 in Geismar say it should take two to four months to restore operations after a plant fire injured 2.

The fire happened on April 2, 2015. The fire is believed to have been started from a leaky valve or pump.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said the fire happened shortly after 6 p.m. Officials reported the fire was contained by 7:30 p.m.

The two who were injured were taken to The Baton Rouge General Burn Center for their injuries.

The fire was contained to a limited area of the production facility. The company scheduled a one month maintenance shutdown for the summer to bring filtration and other upgrades online. That maintenance has been moved up and will be implemented during the restoration time period.

The company expects to resume loadout operations for Renewable Hydrocarbon Diesel in inventory later this week.

According to the company's website, the REG plant acquired the facility in 2014. It produces about 75 million gallons of renewable hydrocarbon diesel and renewable naphtha.

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