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[Federal Register: October 12, 1995 (Volume 60, Number 197)]
[Page 53164]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access []


Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 58-95]

Foreign-Trade Zone 35, Philadelphia, PA Proposed Foreign-Trade
Subzone BP Exploration & Oil Inc. (Oil Refinery Complex) Delaware
County, PA

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, grantee of FTZ
35, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the oil refinery
complex of BP Exploration & Oil Inc., located in Delaware County,
Pennsylvania (Philadelphia 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 September 29, 1995.
    The refinery complex consists of 2 sites totalling 477 acres in
Delaware County, Pennsylvania: Site 1 (323 acres)--main refinery and
petrochemical feedstock complex located on the Delaware River at Post
Road, Marcus Hook, some 17 miles southwest of Philadelphia; Site 2 (154
acres)--Chelsea tank farm, connected by pipeline and located some 5
miles from the refinery.
    The refinery (180,000 barrels per day; 500 employees) is used to
produce fuels and petrochemical feedstocks. Fuels produced include
gasoline, jet fuel, distillates, residual fuels, and naphthas.
Petrochemicals include methane, ethane, butane, propane, toluene,
benzene, and xylene. Refinery by-products include petroleum coke,
asphalt and carbon black. All of the crude oil (90 percent of inputs),
and some feedstocks 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
December 11, 1995. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted
during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-
day period (to December 26, 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, 660 American Ave., Suite
201, King of Prussia, PA 19406
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room
3716, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC 20230

    Dated: October 3, 1995.
Dennis Puccinelli,
Acting Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 95-25304 Filed 10-11-95; 8:45 am]