Port of Longview to pursue deal for new oil refinery

May 26, 2015, The Daily News

The Port of Longview announced Tuesday that it is negotiating with Riverside Refining to bring an oil refinery to its site, port officials announced Tuesday morning.


The refinery would process 45,000 barrels a day, of which 30,000 barrels would be crude oil and 15,000 barrels would be used cooking oil, according to a March 18 letter from Riverside to the State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) and the governor’s office. EFSEC would be the permitting agency for the project.


In the letter, Riverside said it expects the refinery to generate daily about 1,600 barrels of liquid petroleum gas, 9,800 barrels of gasoline, 15,300 barrels of diesel/jet fuel and 4,900 barrels of kerosene.


In its proposal, Riverside said all its finished products would be shipped by barge to local and regional markets along the West Coast.


The 47-acre site would receive shipment of one unit train every two or three days, Riverside said in its proposal. Specific details — such as the estimated cost to build the refinery property, its precise location or the number of jobs the project would create — were not immediately available.


News of the refinery’s interest first surfaced in April when conservation groups released a proposed memorandum of understanding between the port and Riverside. At the time, port officials said they were not actively negotiating with the refinery company.


Port commissioners on Tuesday morning announced the port indeed will start negotiating with Riverside. The announcement coincided with the release of the March 18 letter by the Portland-based conservation group Columbia Riverkeeper.

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