Soil and seismic testing on an 1,800 acre site in Jefferson County slated to be the location of a natural gas to liquid fuel plant has begun, according to a press release from GTL Americas (GTLA) Tuesday.

Geotechnology LLC was awarded a contract to conduct the testing which is valued at between $500,000 and $1 million and is expected to complete the testing by the end of the year.

That testing is expected to help determine the design of the facility foundations and plant structures.

“GTLA is pushing forward with our Jefferson County project despite minor disruption caused during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Leon Codron, president of GTL Americas said. “The GTLA project has the support of 18 full time employees and 24 consultants under contract in the areas of technology, engineering, construction, environment and permitting, commercial banking and finance. We are thrilled to have added experienced engineers to our staff who have been involved in similar facilities around the world to join us on site in Jefferson County.”

He went on to say the number of full time employees is expected to double over the next year.

GTLA is in the first phase of the development of the plant which, when completed, will convert natural gas into 1.7 million gallons of ultra-clean transportation fuel each day. The project will support more than 3,000 construction jobs and 200 permanent jobs. GTLA plans two additional phases, each expected to produce 1.7 million gallons of ultra-clean fuels.