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Hellervik Oil has announced the location of their new natural gas purification facility, which is in the 16000 block of Louisville Road, near the junction of KY HWY 422 and U.S. 31W.
The plant will sit in the middle of an 8.5 acre tract belonging to Hellervik, INC., which is surrounded by a heavily wooded area that's over 100 acres.
Jim Brown, the Kentucky field representative for Hellervik, said that equipment is now being prepared and the company was about a month away from pouring concrete.
Brown said Hellervik was very pleased with the work done so far, which was performed by local contractor, Tommy Brooks.
"Tommy was a Godsend," Brown said. "We discussed the work, he gave us a fair price, we shook hands, and he went to work. That's how we like to do business."
Brown said Hellervik would continue to look for local contractors whenever possible to complete the remaining work.
Brown said that Hellervik will continue doing everything they can to assure the residents of Edmonson County that they are committed to being a community and business partner.
"We have a vested interest in this community. Of course we want to sell natural gas, but we also want to bring jobs here and we want to be good neighbors."
He pointed out that this facility would be only 1/10th of the size of the failed Rocky Hill plant that did nothing but upset the community.
"There's no comparison with this and the Rocky Hill plant. Here, there'll be no chemical discharge, no odors, and no sound pollution. The folks in Rocky Hill had all of that going on and we understand why they were so upset. The old plant was designed to work at a much larger scale than was even possible in this area."
According to Brown, the community has been very receptive to their new operation.
"We've talked to so many landowners and it's been really positive," he said. "What we're finding out is that people are very interested in buying and selling natural gas at a fair price and we're working hard to see that happen. Our facility will serve as mainly a purification place. We'll remove nitrogen from the gas at the proper level to sell."
Brown said the plan was to have the new facility up and running by mid summer.