Huntington Ingalls, Kinder Morgan Scrap Plans For Shipyard

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Shipbuilding company Huntington Ingalls and energy infrastructure company Kinder Morgan have decided against pursuing a joint venture that could have brought some work back to Avondale Shipyard.

         The New Orleans Advocate’s Chad Calder reports Monday's news was not a surprise.

         After a protracted drawdown that began in 2011, the shipyard closed quietly in December.

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         In March, Huntington Ingalls pulled the plug on a small outfitting yard it had recently opened in Waggaman after it failed to generate enough work for more than a handful of employees.

         Ingalls said its yearlong effort to find a viable alternative use for Avondale has come up empty. Ingalls said it will continue to consider alternatives for the facility, including selling it to a third party, and will continue to work with the state.

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