Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Debate about revamped storage and transfer facility rumbles on

The upgrade of a crude oil storage and transfer facility in Pittsburg, US is subject of a residential meeting this November.
WesPac Energy–Pittsburg (WesPac) has proposed the modernisation and reactivation of existing marine terminal, oil storage and transfer facilities at the NRG Pittsburg Generation Station, a project set to cost around $200 million (€148.7 million).
In addition, WesPac wants to construct a new rail car transload facility in an existing rail yard owned by BNSF Railway (BNSF).  It will lease the land from BNSF and build the facility between the existing BNSF and Union Pacific rail lines.
But local residents have a chance to voice their concerns about the project including reduced air quality, which types of oil will be arriving into the facility and potential fire and spill safety worries.
The WesPac project calls for an average of 242,000 barrels of crude or partially refined crude oil to be unloaded daily from both marine vessels and railroad cars and stored in 16 tanks once used by Pacific Gas and Electric to store fuel oil two decades ago. A network of mostly underground pipes would transfer oil to local refineries that ring the bay.
Planning commissioners are believed to be discussing the project’s permit in a meeting this December. WesPac says, if given the greenlight, the project will be constructed in two phases.
The rail transload facility and supporting facilities at the storage terminal (four storage tanks) will be built first. Construction of the marine terminal and remaining storage terminal facilities will then make up phase two. It aims to have the entire project fully operational by the fourth quarter of 2015.
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