Contanda has announced plans to expand its Grays Harbor facility to satisfy future demand for cleaner fuels storage.
The facility will be expanded to store a portfolio of cleaner fuels including biodiesel, renewable diesel and ultra-low sulphur diesel.
The facility, which Contanda has operated since 2009, handles methanol for industrial uses. In 2013, the company sought permits to expand the facility for other liquids, including crude oil. Ultimately, the permits were not granted, primarily because of opposition to the storage and handling of crude oil.
The revised application, which comprises eight new storage tanks capable of storing 1.1 million barrels of liquid, is in response to customer demand and the strong future across the West Coast for biofuels and commodities such as ultra-low sulphur fuel.
G.R ‘Jerry’ Cardillo, CEO of Contanda, says: The combination of deep-water shipping terminals, rail service, experienced labour and available, land for development of facilities is what first attracted Contanda to the area in 2009.
‘These attributes continue to provide an attractive development option for us as we look to expand our West Coast terminal presence.’
Grays Harbor’s strategic location and infrastructure are attractive to the company and potential customers whose products originate in the Northwest and can travel by rail to the port to be transferred to deep-water marine vessels.
Contanda is working with the City of Hoquiam and the Washington Department of Ecology on a streamlined permitting process, but does not have a timeline for the revised project.