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Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 9-96]

Foreign-Trade Zone 154--Baton Rouge, Louisiana Application for
Subzone Status, Exxon Corporation (Oil Refinery/Petrochemical Complex),
Baton Rouge, Louisiana Area

An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission, grantee of FTZ 154, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the oil refinery complex of Exxon Corporation, located in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area. The application was submitted pursuant to the provisions of the Foreign-Trade Zones Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u), and the regulations of the Board (15 CFR part 400). It was formally filed on February 7, 1996.

The refinery and petrochemical complex (2,280 acres) covers six sites in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area: Site 1 (980 acres, 424,000 BPD capacity)--main refinery complex, located at 4045 Scenic Hwy. on the Mississippi River, East Baton Rouge Parish; Site 2 (140 acres, 11,000 tons/day capacity)--petrochemical plant, located adjacent to the refinery at 4999 Scenic Hwy., East Baton Rouge Parish; Site 3 (580 acres, 1.5 million barrel capacity)--Maryland Tank Farm storage facility/plastics plant, located at 11675 Scotland-Zachary Hwy., East Baton Rouge Parish; Site 4 (60 acres, 5,000 BPD capacity)--lubricants plant, located at 2230 Highway 1 North, across the Mississippi River from the main refinery, West Baton Rouge Parish; Site 5 (460 acres, 2.9 million barrel capacity)--Anchorage Tank Farm, located adjacent to the lubricants plant, West Baton Rouge Parish; and, Site 6 (100 acres, 6.5 million barrel capacity)--Sorrento Salt Dome, located on Louisiana Hwy. 3140, some 2 miles east of U.S. Hwy. 61, Ascension Parish. Exxon operates the six sites as an integrated refinery/petrochemical complex.

The refinery and petrochemical complex (4,000 employees) is used to produce fuels, petrochemical feedstocks and petrochemical products. Fuels produced include gasoline, jet fuel, distillates, gas oils, residual fuels, and naphthas. Petrochemical feedstocks include ethylene, propylene, isobutylene, butadiene, and benzene. Refinery by- products include sulfur, carbon black oil, petroleum waxes, and petroleum coke. The complex also produces petrochemcial products such as lubricating oils, process oils, petroleum resins, benzene phthalic anhydride, methyl ethyl ketone, alkyl esters, alcohols, neo acids, isoprene, naphthenic acid, Vistalon Rubber, Exxon Bromobutyl, Escorez Cyclics, Jayflex Plasticizer, Exxate Solvents. Some 40 percent of the crude oil (85 percent of inputs), and some feedstocks and motor fuel blendstocks used in producing fuel products are sourced abroad.

Zone procedures would exempt the refinery from Customs duty payments on the foreign products used in its exports. On domestic sales, the company would be able to choose the finished product duty rate (nonprivileged foreign status--NPF) on certain petrochemical feedstocks and refinery by-products (duty-free). The duty on crude oil ranges from 5.25 cents to 10.5 cents/barrel. (The remaining finished products--fuel and petrochemical products--generally have the same or higher duty rates than crude oil, and for those products zone procedures would be primarily used to defer Customs duty payments.) The application indicates that the savings from zone procedures would help improve the refinery's international competitiveness.

In accordance with the Board's regulations, a member of the FTZ Staff has been designated examiner to investigate the application and report to the Board.

Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions (original and 3 copies) shall be addressed to the Board's Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their receipt is [60 days from date of publication]. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period (to [75 days from date of publication]).

A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available for public inspection at each of the following locations:

U.S. Department of Commerce District Office, One Canal Place, 365 Canal Street, Suite 2150, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 3716, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230.

Dated: February 7, 1996. John J. Da Ponte, Jr., Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 96-3753 Filed 2-20-96; 8:45 am]