November 7, 2013 / 2:53 PM / 4 years ago

Tesoro taking three unit trains per month at N. Calif. refinery

HOUSTON, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Independent U.S. refinery Tesoro Corp is running 350,000 barrels per month of North Dakota Bakken crude delivered via rail at its 166,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Golden Eagle refinery in Martinez, California, Chief Executive Greg Goff told analysts on Thursday.

The crude is delivered to a third-party offloading facility and then to the refinery, he said.

Goff also said the company has submitted requests for environmental permits to build a 280,000 crude-by-rail and barge project in partnership with Savage Services at the Port of Vancouver in Washington State. The project would allow railed-in Bakken and Canadian crude to be delivered to West Coast refineries via barge.

That project remains on track to start up in late 2014 or early 2015, Goff said.

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