By ALISON SIDER
Phillips 66 is seeking to build a crude-oil unloading
facility at its Ferndale, Wash., refinery so the plant can take
delivery of oil by rail.
The unloading facility would allow a train with 100 or more
railcars to pull up at the refinery and have its cargo pumped
to existing storage tanks, according to an application filed
with the Northwest Clean Air Agency. The unloading facility
would be able to transfer about 12,800 bbl of oil per hour,
allowing a new train to be unloaded about every other day.
Refiners on the East and West coasts have worked in recent
months to increase the amount of crude they can take in by rail
to take advantage of inexpensive, domestically produced oil
that isn't yet reached by pipelines.
The agency received Phillips 66's application April 1, which
triggers a 15-day notice period for public comments. The agency
will then evaluate the proposal for an air permit. Similar
rail-unloading facilities have been approved at
Washington refineries owned by Tesoro and BP, a spokeswoman for
the agency said.
Work on Phillips 66's proposed unloading facility is
scheduled to begin this summer and be completed by December
2014, according to the filing.
Larry Ziemba, Phillips 66's executive vice president for refining, project development and procurement,
said last month that the company was considering a rail rack at
the Ferndale refinery. Mr. Ziemba said the rack
would allow the company to take in Canadian crude that could
then be sent by ship to refineries in California.
The Ferndale refinery has a capacity of 96,000
bpd, according to reports.
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