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Port of Grays Harbor may ship crude oil

ABERDEEN — Crude oil may one day be shipped through the Port of Grays Harbor.

Two companies are considering investing in new facilities to transfer crude oil from rail tankers to ships via the port, port officials announced this month. The facilities would include storage tanks and the ability to ship the product on vessels and barges at the port’s marine terminals.

Westway Terminal Company, a tenant at Terminal 1, has submitted permits to expand its existing liquid bulk product storage and shipping facility to include crude oil by building four additional storage tanks. After arriving by rail, the oil would be stored in the tanks until loaded on vessels bound for West Coast refineries.

US Development Group is analyzing Terminal 3 as a possible site for a storage yard, rail and shipping facility to handle crude oil. The company, operating as Grays Harbor Rail Terminal, is in the early stages of an estimated 2-year analysis.

Combined, the projects would total investment of some $70 million to $80 milllion with an estimated permanent workforce of 75 workers, not including rail, longshore and other indirect jobs that may be generated.

“We are working toward bringing the many stakeholders together to make sure questions get addressed as early as possible, Port Executive Director Gary Nelson said.

More information is available on the Port’s website, www.portofgraysharbor.com.

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