The Nikita Chemical Industry and the Department of Energy are on a collision course over whether to build a nickel-hydroxide refinery at a plant owned by the two companies.
The Energy Department’s proposed $3 billion refinery at the Nokosima plant will require $2.5 billion in federal funding.
The Nikita plant will be the first nickel-metal-hydride refinery in the United States.
The company owns the other facility in the U.S. owned by Noble Energy.
Nikkita and Noble Energy have a long-standing contract to build the refinery.
The two companies have been competing to build nickel-based refinery equipment in the state for years.
Noble has been in discussions to open the refinery at Nokosa since 2010.
The state is expected to award the company a $1.3 billion contract to supply the refinery, and Nikita is expected pay the state $2 billion in operating costs.
But a federal judge has temporarily blocked the refinery’s construction at the site.
The decision was upheld on Thursday by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
Nicholas T. Nichols, a partner at the New Orleans law firm Baker & McKenzie, represented Noble in the case, according to the Associated Press.
Nichols said he plans to appeal the decision.
Nichola said he has spoken to the company’s CEO, John Pugh, about the decision, but that he doesn’t know what the future holds.
Nicholson said Noble will not appeal the order.
The state has been pushing for the refinery to be built, but the Environmental Protection Agency and the U,S.
Department of Justice are also reviewing the facility’s environmental impact.