Orange County approves $150 million, 10-year tax abatement for Jefferson Energy expansion

Orange County and the Orange County Economic Development Corporation have approved a Chapter 381 abatement agreement with Jefferson Gulf Coast Energy Partners, LLC to invest $150,000,000 in the expansion of its trans-load facility in Orange County.

According to Mark Viator, director of Public and Government Affairs/Special Projects at Jefferson Energy Companies, the abatement will allow the company to potentially build additional assets including but not limited to a new storage tank, dock and additional unloading stations and rail.

Entergy Texas to install advanced metering systems

The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) voted Dec. 14, 2017, to approve Entergy Texas’ request to deploy advanced metering systems in the company’s market.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC) defines an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), also called a smart meter, as “a metering system that records customer consumption hourly or more frequently and that provides for daily or more frequent transmittal of measurements over a communication network to a central collection point.”

According to Entergy Texas, upgrading to AMI will have numerous benefits:

Total, Borealis and NOVA Chemicals form joint venture in petrochemicals

Total, Borealis and NOVA Chemicals Corporation announced that affiliates of the three companies have signed definitive agreements to form a joint venture in petrochemicals on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The announcement was made Monday, Feb. 19.

The joint venture – in which Total will own 50 percent and Novealis Holdings LLC, a joint venture (JV) between Borealis and NOVA Chemicals, will own the remaining 50 percent – will commence subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals, according to a release by the companies.

Amacate Tortilla Bar to open soon

A.J. Design & Construction is working on an $85,000 remodel of the old White Horse Bar & Grill at 7150 Eastex Freeway in Beaumont.

The newly remodeled, 3,700 square-foot restaurant will open in April as the Amacate Tortilla Bar, said Jon Hutcherson, operations director for Del Rio Properties LLC, owners of the restaurant.

“We are fast-casual, authentic tacos and enchiladas. You’ll go through the line and then we’ll bring your food to you within five minutes,” said Hutcherson, who added that Amacate in Spanish means, “love of avocado.”

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