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[Federal Register: June 16, 1995 (Volume 60, Number 116)]
[Page 31703]
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Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 30-95]

Foreign-Trade Zone 2, New Orleans, LA; Proposed Foreign-Trade
Subzone Mobil Corporation, (Oil Refinery Complex) New Orleans,
Louisiana, Area

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans,
grantee of FTZ 2, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the oil
refinery complex of Mobil Corporation, located in St. Bernard/
Jefferson/St. Charles Parishes, Louisiana (New Orleans 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 June 8, 1995.
    The refinery complex (400 acres) consists of 3 sites in St.
Bernard/Jefferson/St. Charles Parishes, Louisiana: Site 1 (310 acres)--
main refinery and petrochemical feedstock complex located on the
Mississippi River at 500 West St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette, St.
Bernard Parish, some 5 miles east of New Orleans; Site 2 (200,000
barrel leased capacity)--Amerada Hess Tank Farm, located at 200
Douglass Road, Jefferson Parish, some 10 miles west of the refinery;
Site 3 (236,000 barrel leased capacity)--GATX Tank Farm, located at
1601 River Road, St. Charles Parish, some 20 miles west of the
    The refinery (191,000 barrels per day; 690 employees) is used to
produce fuels and petrochemical feedstocks. Fuels produced include
gasoline, jet fuel, distillates, residual fuels, and naphthas.
Petrochemicals include methane, ethane, propane, benzene, toluene,
xylenes, and butane. Refinery by-products include petroleum coke and
sulfur. Some 55 percent of the crude oil (90 percent of inputs), and
some feedstocks and motor fuel blendstocks 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 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
August 15, 1995. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted
during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-
day period (to August 30, 1995).
    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, Hale Boggs Federal
Building, 501 Magazine Street, Room 1043, 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: June 8, 1995.
Dennis Puccinelli,
Acting Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 95-14819 Filed 6-15-95; 8:45 am]