Delaware to start petroleum coke exports at Port of Wilmington

As PBF Energy starts to re-fire the Delaware City Refinery, state officials helped the company cut the ribbon on a storage facility for a byproduct of the refining process that will now be sold overseas.

As part of the restart of the refinery, PBF has announced plans not to use the petroleum coke that results from the refining process.  Under previous owners, the coke had been used to run a gasifier which provided power for the plant.  Now, the coke will be shipped overseas for sale. State officials helped cut the ribbon today on a midway point in that process, a 100,000 sq. ft. warehouse near the Port of Wilmington.

PBF Energy Chairman Tom O’Malley says, “This facility here is part of that famous throw-off benefit.  When you save a large industrial installation, you don’t just save that place and the people that work there, but you get things by extension.”  

More than 125 workers built the massive, $9.5 million storage facility in just three months.  The site will employee eight to ten workers, while more than 20 new full-time jobs will support the business at the Port of Wilmington.

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