Motiva Enterprises says it plans to convert all of its high
sulfur diesel heating oil (2000 ppm) storage to ultra low
sulfur diesel (ULSD) (15 ppm) at its Sewaren Terminal in New
Motivas conversion aims to meet its customers
needs under a new State of New York mandate that all heating
oil sold in the state be no more than 15 ppm sulfur by July 1,
2012, the company said.
It will also allow Motiva Sewaren, a 5mn bbl refined products
terminal, to take deliveries of ULSD for NYMEX-based contracts
via marine and pipeline.
Motivas Sewaren Terminal is strategically
located to serve distillate, gasoline, and ethanol suppliers
and consumers in the northeast, said Ralph Otis, manager
of the Sewaren Terminal.
The conversion of the storage at the terminal will
allow Sewaren to help meet the rapidly changing needs of
heating oil consumers in New York and the rest of the
In addition to the conversion to ULSD heating oil, Motiva is
also undertaking a project to convert two tanks of
current heating oil storage to B100 biodiesel at its Sewaren
With the addition of biodiesel tankage and improved rail
logistics, Motiva Sewaren will be able to supply multiple
blends of biodiesel into the northeast over the truck rack as
well as via marine vessel, it says.
Motiva is being proactive in ensuring that biodiesel
blended ULSD is able to be delivered to our customers into the
city of New York as a result of the biodiesel mandate going
into effect October 1, 2012, said Michael Wallace,
manager of supply contracts and negotiation at Motiva.
We are pleased to offer a cost-effective way of
bringing in B100 by rail or water, and then distributing to the
city of New York and the rest of the northeast to meet the
growing need for renewable fuels, he added.
Necessary permits and approvals will be sought from the
appropriate authorities, including the local planning board,
the company said.
Motiva is working to complete the conversion of tankage to
ULSD in the second quarter of 2012 and the biodiesel project in the third quarter.