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REG estimates team will have Geismar plant back online by end of Jan. after explosion and fire

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Renewable Energy Group, Inc. reported it hopes to have its Geismar plant back online by the end of January following a fire that injured four people, one of them severely.

Hydrogen released from a line and exploded on September 3, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.

"Our first priority at Geismar remains the recovery of our employee and the three contractors who were injured," Daniel Oh, REG president and CEO, said in a written release. "Our thoughts and prayers remain with them and their families."

Oh added the structural damage from the September fire was far less than the April incident.

The Geismar and Gonzales fire departments responded to the incident off LA 30 around 11 p.m. APSO reported the investigation revealed hydrogen likely pressurized in a line being worked on and resulted in the gas being released. Investigators added an unidentified source ignited the released hydrogen, causing the explosion and fire.

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.

There was a previous fire at the REG plant on April 2.

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