Amoco has completed a $5 million expansion and upgrade at its oil and gasoline distribution terminal at 465 W. 900 North.
Refinery manager Syd Horsfield said the upgrades will double the terminal's capacity from 225 million to 450 million gallons of gasoline annually at the same time reducing emissions by 60 percent."We are proud of what we've accomplished here. We are able to meet the increasing demands of our customers for high quality Amoco products while improving our ability to protect Salt Lake City's air quality," Horsfield said during a Thursday luncheon and tour to announce the completion.
Rick Weyen, supply and distribution manager, said the company expanded the terminal by adding a fifth loading bay that allows a tanker and trailer to be loaded simultaneously.
Also, Amoco upgraded the terminal's pumping system to increase loading rates and remodeled the existing four bays to facilitate the higher delivery capacity.
Decreased vapor emissions have been achieved by installing a new and more efficient vapor recovery unit, according to Joe Naccache, environmental, health and safety manager at the refinery. He said the company now is two years ahead of federal air quality standards.
Naccache said the improvements are consistent with the company's commitment to help the Salt Lake area maintain compliance with the ozone standard.
Amoco has a program of voluntary preventive measures to help reduce ozone concentrations along the Wasatch Front. For example, on "No Drive Day," the company reduced fuel oil burning by 67 percent; also, all piping at the terminal is above ground so leaks can be more easily detected.