HOQUIAM, Wash. - US Development is dropping some cars and moving to the fast track to bring oil exports to Grays Harbor, Business Development Manager Kevin Laborne detailed the findings of a feasibility study for crude-by-rail through West Hoquiam "We've been quite busy, I'm very happy to say that the feasibility study and our conclusions to date support our original assumptions that the site is a very good site for the type of facility that we've proposing."
Laborne said his company has reduced their original goals of 2 unit trains per day to one, every other day "So this would be about a 50,000 barrel per day facility. We'll use the tank farm to build inventory for loading onto marine vessels."
The company has pulled the pin on a 12 month permitting process for 6 to 8 bulk liquid storage tanks near Willis Enterprises "We anticipate being operational in the first quarter of 2015."
Laborne said if the project goes through, the company plans to invest more than $60-million in the site, which would support 30 to 50 full time jobs at full operation.
(Note: The photo implies that Westport is in the direction of Ocean Shores. Laborne said this was a simple error and Hoquiam is not on the Westport Highway.)