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Avondale Shipyard might just have life left after all.

Huntington Ingalls Industries, which owns Avondale, will conduct a study with Kinder Morgan Energy Partners to learn the best use for the facility.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said a partnership could add up to 1,000 jobs at the redeveloped shipyard.

'I'm optimistic that this partnership will go forward and new high-paying jobs will be available as our state continues to lead the country in this new energy renaissance,' said Landrieu, whose phone call was part of the process to initiate discussions. 'With new pipelines and more middle class jobs, our state taps into new potential of energy production.'

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., meanwhile, said redeveloping Avondale would be an 'incredible boost' for the state.

'You really can't beat Avondale's location, and the top notch facilities should make it an attractive investment for HHI and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners,' he said in a released statement.

Avondale is served by truck, rail and sea access. The facility has been used to build to build ships while Huntington designs, builds and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard.

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