By Sara Martino
Gloucester City News
Representatives from Sunoco presented a new use concept for the closed Eagle Point Tank Farm, situated along the Delaware River in the Westville and West Deptford area.
During the Westville Borough Council meeting last week Kevin Thompson, Public Affairs Manager for Sunoco, informed the governing body of plans to bring in natural gas by-products to the idle refinery area for further processing.
Eagle Point Terminal, which is now idle, was purchased earlier this year for approximately $100 million and Sunoco wants to develop the area.
“The Eagle Point refinery is uniquely situated and easily accessible. Crude products from other areas may be brought in by barge, ships, rail or trucks,” Thompson said.
“Shale, which is used in the processing that Sunoco will use, will be brought in from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota and from the Marcellus Shale Mine in Western Pennsylvania,” Thompson said.
A natural gas by-product called ethane, used in many petrol-chemical plants processing methods, will be among the crude products to be shipped to the East Coast.
Once separated from crude oil, raw natural gas exists in other mixtures and does include ethane, which along with other mixtures converts into sources of energy.
Councilman Charles Murtaugh wondered how many rail cars would be involved.
“What plans do you have to avoid shutting down the town as the cars are entering the terminal?” he asked.
Since the railroad tracks cross over two main highways in Westville, there could be quite a traffic jam and hazard on Route 45 and Route 130, Murtaugh said.
“We will have maybe 14 cars and will start out slowly, eventually improve the tracks, and will have to gauge the market to find out how much shipment will take place,” Thompson said.
“We anticipate it will cost $100 million to build a larger facility to handle train movement within the grounds, which should alleviate time spent on the crossings,” he said.
Further discussion on the project and future plans will be ongoing.
In other business, Council awarded a bid to Univar, USA, of Middletown, PA, for purchase of Ppg Accutab Si Calcium to be used in the borough water plant.
Also approved was a bid for Calcium Coagulant Tablets to Coyne Chemical of Croydon, PA, also for use in the water plant.
A Borough Council end of the year meeting is scheduled for December 28 at 7 p.m. and the reorganization meeting will be January 3 at 7 p.m.