June 25, 2020

Venture Global LNG, Delgado begin training program in Plaquemines Parish

Enables students to earn construction education certification

Venture Global LNG Inc. has launched a program with Delgado Community College that enables students to earn National Center for Construction Education and Research certification.

The first class of 19 students will receive training for the NCCER Electrical Level 1 certification, a news release said. The program is funded by a grant from Venture Global LNG and is designed for Plaquemines Parish residents. All training will take place at facilities in Plaquemines Parish and at no financial cost to program participants.

In addition, Venture Global has partnered with the Plaquemines Parish School Board and the Plaquemines Parish government to help plan, promote and implement the “Will to Skill” program. Students are able to choose either the 12-week night class at the Plaquemines Parish Learning Center in Port Sulphur or the 9-week day class at the Plaquemines Parish Government Complex in Belle Chasse.

Venture Global hopes to extend the program to include a second cohort later this year, and to potentially broaden the program to include courses in additional high-demand trades, the release said.

The company is developing an $8.5 billion Plaquemines LNG export facility in the parish. In 2016, the state announced that the project would create 250 new direct jobs at an average annual salary of $70,000 per year, plus benefits.

Louisiana Economic Development approximates that the project will result in an additional 728 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 975 new jobs for Plaquemines Parish and the region. The project also is expected to produce 2,200 construction jobs.

The company announced this year that it has entered into a 20-year sales and purchase agreement with French electric utility company Électricité de France, S.A. (EDF) for 1 million tons per year of liquefied natural gas from the LNG export facility in Louisiana.