The US west coast could soon be home to a new fuel hub as the Port of Long Beach, California, beckons proposals for the development of its Pier Echo terminal site.
The Port wants to hear from companies interested in growing the use of renewable fuels, marine liquid bulk petroleum products and crude oil.
The Request for Proposal will allow the inclusion of crude oil in addition to petroleum products and renewable fuels.
The port says there is a need for additional marine crude oil and petroleum products infrastructure to ensure that future demand will not outstrip capacity.
The lease will include environmental compliance requirements under the 2006 San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action PLan (CAAP), and any subsequent updates to the CAAP, the Port commented.
The goal of the CAAP is to reduce emissions from port-related mobile sources and associated health risk while facilitating growth in trade.
California is not connected by pipeline to other major refinery centres in the country. Refined petroleum products and renewable fuels must be brought in by tanker vessels to meet regional demand.
The port will undertake the seismic reinforcement and dredging projects at T124 subject to approval by the Board and contingent upon compliance with California Environmental Quality Act and the National Policy Act requirements.
The deadline for new proposals are 27 August 2010.