Getty Plans Expansion Of California Marine Terminal Costing $60 To $100 Million

Getty Trading and Transportation Company of Denver, Colo., recently submitted proposed construction plans to the Santa Barbara Resources Department and the State Lands Commission seeking permits to expand the company's crude oil marine terminal near Gaviota, Calif. The plans also include construction of a supply facility for petroleum companies operating offshore.

The multipurpose project, estimated to cost between $60 and $100 million, would increase the Gaviota terminal's capacity to handle up to 300,000 barrels per day of crude oil production with an initial storage capacity of one million barrels. Storage capacity eventually would be expanded to two million barrels of crude oil. The terminal, available to all companies, would be designed to handle offshore crude oil production from recent and anticipated discoveries in the Santa Barbara Channel and Santa Maria basin areas. The marine terminal expansion also would include construction of a mooring facility for crude oil tankers. The proposed supply facility would include warehouses, a pipe yard, heliport, and a pier for supply boats.

Both the marine terminal expansion and supply facility will be located on a 178-acre tract of land near Gaviota, about 30 miles north of Santa Barbara. Existing capacity of Getty's marine terminal is 50,000 barrels per day of crude oil.

Getty's plans refer to a proposed crude oil pipeline from the Gaviota terminal east into the Bakersfield area where it would connect to existing and future crude pipeline systems. This would allow crude oil produced offshore California to move via pipeline.

Additionally, Getty plans to set aside storage space on land and make mooring facilities available for use by the "Clean Seas Group." This industry-funded organization provides expertise, equipment, vessels, and manpower in the event of an oil spill. R.A. Griffith, vice president of mainlines and terminals for Getty Trading and Transportation Company, said that once all permits are received, construction of the facilities would take about 20 months. Approximately 200 jobs will be created during the construction period.

Getty has retained Westec Services, Inc., a San Diego-based environmental consulting firm, and Marmec Systems Engineering of Long Beach, to assist in the permit application process.

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