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Port of Iberia producing hundreds of jobs after building large components for Shell Oil

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New Iberia, La. -

In New Iberia, work continues on a multi-billion dollar project for Shell Oil.

Dynamic Industries is building large components for The Appomattax-- a deep water host platform for oil production, which Shell says is their largest project in the world at this time.

"And this is a major component in that project, so we're proud for the Port of Iberia to play such an important role in delivering that project," said the executive director of the port, Craig Romero.

Dynamic Industries, a local fabrication company, has been building these process modules over the last two years, providing roughly 400 jobs for people in Acadiana.

"Mainly a lot of those fiscal issues derived from the slowdown of the oil and gas industry over the last 3 years. What do we need in Acadiana, and what do my constituents say they want to do? They want to go back to work; they want to feed their families. What you're seeing behind you is a major Shell project that's being loaded out of the Port of Iberia. The most important thing is that's jobs," said State Representative for District 49, Blake Miguez, who was also watching as the modules loaded onto the barge.

"People from all over Acadiana have sold supplies; people from all over Acadiana have worked here. And these modules are being loaded to the barges to be transported to a Texas shipyard. It's a major component of that one project," said Romero.

And for the most part, their job is now done. It's time to move the nearly 600-ton structure from land to sea.

"We've been the premiere fabrication site on the Gulf of Mexico because of the stability of the yard itself. The state spent close to $10 million building this yard and dynamic wanted it, and they've been very successful building modules through the years. So, we're just lucky to have it at the Port of Iberia, lucky that the state recognizes the value of putting state money into the ports," said Romero.

Now that the modules are loaded up onto the barge, they will be shipped off to the coast of Texas to be part of Shell's multi-billion dollar project.

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