Citgo Proposes Biodiesel Tank Construction
by Joseph Markman) (Braintree Patch) The Braintree Planning Board continued Citgo’s request for construction of a 270,000-gallon tank until its November meeting
Under a proposal before the Planning Board, Citgo would build a new steel tank at its Quincy Avenue terminal in Braintree to hold biodiesel fuel.
Citgo would use the tank to store the animal- and vegetable-based fuel before mixing it directly into trucks along with diesel and heating oil, rather than its current practice of mixing biodiesel within existing, larger tanks and then moving the mixture to the trucks.
…The need to mix biodiesel with other fuels stems from a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requirement enacted in 2007, project engineer David Crispin said. Following that development, Citgo has been striving to hit an approximately 5 percent blend, which terminal manager Allen Morris said will be easier to achieve with the dedicated biodiesel tank.
Citgo’s total fuel capacity at the terminal of 57 million gallons would not change under the proposal, Crispin said. He added that the new tank would hold 269,640 gallons – less than 1 percent of the facility’s capacity.
…Earlier this year, Citgo updated its flammable storage license so that it includes non-petroleum based fuels like biodiesel and ethanol. That process took place over several months and a number of meetings before the Board of License Commissioners. Eventually the fire department held a training exercise at the Citgo site and Chief Kevin Murphy signed off on the license modification. READ MORE