Final decision on Tesoro's Washington railport pushed to 2016

Fri Jun 26, 2015 4:55pm EDT
 
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By Kristen Hays

HOUSTON, June 26 (Reuters) - The latest delay in a detailed government review of Tesoro Corp's proposed $210 million railport project in Washington state means a final decision will not happen until 2016, according to a state council's published schedule.

The 360,000 barrels-per-day project would be the biggest in the United States, moving domestic and Canadian crude via rail to Washington's Port of Vancouver, where it would be loaded onto vessels to supply West Coast refineries - mainly in California.

The company had hoped to start it up by late 2014, and then pushed it to this year as the project undergoes a lengthy state review.

Several other oil-by-rail projects, largely in California, are stalled amid opposition after multiple crude train crashes and derailments since mid-2013.

Tesoro said the company was disappointed in "yet another delay" and remains committed to the project.

Chief Executive Greg Goff told analysts last month that the delay to 2016 was likely as the project undergoes what he called a "painfully slow" review process.

The projected cost also has more than doubled to $210 million from its original $100 million as Tesoro upgraded the design, including seismic dock improvements.

Washington's Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC)'s schedule, made public this week, says a draft environmental impact statement will be published in late November. The council had previously expected to release the draft report in late July.   Continued...