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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
[Docket 1-96]


Foreign-Trade Zone 35, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Proposed
Foreign-Trade Subzone; Amended Application; Sun Company, Inc. (Oil
Refinery Complex); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Area

    In May 1994, the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA),
grantee of FTZ 35, submitted an application to the Foreign-Trade Zones
Board (the Board) requesting authority for special-purpose subzone
status at the oil refinery complex of Chevron U.S.A. Products Company
(Chevron) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (FTZ Doc. 20-94, 59 FR 26784,
5/24/94). PRPA recently amended the application to include two
additional refineries and related facilities of Sun Company, Inc.
(Sun). The changes reflect the purchase of the Chevron refinery by Sun
and the fact that all three refineries operate as an integrated
refinery complex. The amended 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 supplants
the original application, and has been docketed as FTZ Doc. 1-96
(formally filed 1-11-96).

    The application, as amended, requests subzone status for nine sites
totalling 2,199 acres, including refineries, storage facilities,
terminals and connecting pipelines in Philadelphia and southeastern
Pennsylvania: Site 1 (175,000 barrels per day (BPD), 530 acres)--Marcus
Hook refinery, Delaware Ave. and Green Street, Delaware County (Marcus
Hook area), some 15 miles southwest of Philadelphia, with a 113.5-acre
section located in New Castle County, Delaware; Site 2 (177,000 BPD,
372 acres)--Girard Point refinery (formerly owned by Chevron), 3001
Penrose Avenue, Philadelphia, near the junction of the Delaware and
Schuylkill Rivers; Site 3 (130,000 BPD, 713 acres)--Point Breeze
refinery, 3144 Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, adjacent to the Girard
Point refinery; Site 4 (175 acres)--No. Two Tank Farm, final product
storage for the Marcus Hook refinery, located two miles northeast of
the refinery on Commerce Drive, Delaware County; Site 5 (15.5 acres)--
Hog Island Wharf, crude oil terminal for the Girard Point refinery,
located 3 miles southwest of the refinery, on the Delaware River,
adjacent to the Philadelphia International Airport; Site 6 (116
acres)--Darby Creek Tank Farm, crude oil storage from Hog Island Wharf
for the Girard Point refinery, 900 Hook Road, Delaware County; Site 7
(203 acres)--Schuylkill River Tank Farm, product storage for the Girard
Point refinery, located on the Schuylkill River at 3270 South 70th
Street, Philadelphia County; Site 8 (74 acres)--Fort Mifflin Terminal,
crude oil terminal for the Point Breeze refinery, located at Hog Island
Road on the Delaware River, Delaware County, 2.5 miles south of the
Philadelphia refineries; and Site 9 (21 miles)--Inter-Refinery
Pipeline, from the Marcus Hook refinery (New Castle County, Delaware)
under the Delaware River to a Sun distribution terminal in Gloucester
County, New Jersey, crossing back under the Delaware River into
Delaware County, Pennsylvania through the Fort Mifflin Terminal and
ending at the Point Breeze refinery. The terminals, storage facilities
and pipelines operate as an integral part of the refinery complex.

    The Sun refinery system (482,000 barrels per day, 2,300 employees)
is used to produce fuels and petrochemical products. Fuels produced
include gasoline, jet fuel, distillates and residual fuels.
Petrochemical feedstocks produced include methane, ethane, propane,
butane, benzene, toluene, xylene, and cumene. Refinery byproducts
include sulfur, asphalt and petroleum coke. All of the crude oil (95
percent of inputs) and certain blendstocks are sourced from abroad.

    Zone procedures would exempt the refinery system 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 (as revised, 56 FR
50790-50808, 10-8-91), 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
March 25, 1996. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted
during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-
day period (to April 8, 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 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: January 16, 1996.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 96-892 Filed 1-22-96; 8:45 am]