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[Federal Register: October 16, 1995 (Volume 60, Number 199)]
[Page 53583-53584]
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[Docket 59-95]

Foreign-Trade Zone 8, Toledo, OH; Proposed Foreign-Trade Subzone
BP Exploration & Oil Inc. (Oil Refineries); Lucas, Allen and Wood
Counties, OH

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, grantee of FTZ
8, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the oil refinery
system of BP Exploration & Oil Inc., located at sites in Lucas/Allen/
Wood Counties (Toledo and Lima areas), Ohio. The application was

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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 October 5, 1995.
    BP's Ohio refinery facilities consist of three sites which operate
as an integrated system: Site 1 (142,000 barrels per day (BPD); 649
acres)--Toledo refinery and petrochemical feedstock complex located at
4100 Cedar Point Road (including a tank farm adjacent to the refinery
on Buckeye Road), in the city of Oregon, Lucas County; Site 2 (170,000
BPD; 650 acres)--Lima refinery and petrochemical feedstock complex,
located some 80 miles south of the Toledo refinery at 1150 South
Metcalf Road along the Ottawa River in Shawnee Township, Allen County;
Site 3 (17 acres)--crude oil tank farm located midway between the
refineries at 12716 Tank Farm Road, city of Cygnet, Wood County.
    The refineries (1,000 employees) are 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.
Approximately one-quarter of the crude oil (nearly all of inputs) and
some feedstocks are sourced abroad.
    Zone procedures would exempt the refineries 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
refineries' 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 15, 1995. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted
during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-
day period (to January 2, 1996).
    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, Bank One Center, 600
Superior Ave., Suite 700, Cleveland, Ohio 44114
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 5, 1995.
Dennis Puccinelli,
Acting Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 95-25610 Filed 10-13-95; 8:45 am]