A 59-acre tract of land off Scenic Highway that was to be part of a natural gas liquefaction and fueling facility has been sold for $3 million to a Metairie-based construction company that plans to build an asphalt plant on the site.

Scenic Highway LLC, which was set up by Barriere Construction Co., bought the land from Sidney G. Brian in a deal that was filed with the East Baton Rouge Clerk of Court’s Office Friday.

A partnership between Houston-based Waller Marine Inc. and Tenaska NG Fuels of Omaha, Nebraska, had an option to buy the land on the Baton Rouge Barge Canal near Devil’s Swamp. The land is next to a 25-acre site that would be home for Tenaska Bayou LNG, which will produce LNG and compressed natural gas for use in the high-horsepower marine, transportation, and natural gas and oil exploration and production industries in the region.

John W. Barton Jr., the attorney for Brian, said Waller Marine’s option to purchase the land lapsed in January. Barriere came along right after the deal lapsed.

“They’re a good, old-line construction company,” Barton said. Barriere, which specializes in paving and civil and industrial construction, has asphalt plants in Boutee and Franklinton.

It is unclear what impact the sale will have on the Tenaska Bayou LNG. Officials from Waller Marine did not respond to repeated phone calls and Tenaska officials were unable to comment.

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