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Port of Beaumont Board of Commissioners
by Garrett Bryce
Monday, July 22, 2013

The Port of Beaumont Board of Commissioners today voted unanimously to approve a lease agreement with Port of Beaumont Petroleum Transload Terminal II, LLC for property and operations in the port’s Orange County Terminal.

The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jefferson Refinery, LLC. The contract will allow Jefferson Refinery to expand its operations at the Orange County Terminal.

“It’s about an $85 million expansion project,” Port Director and CEO Chris Fisher said. “This is on top of the $45-50 million currently being invested by Jefferson Refinery into the site; so it’s a very good public-private partnership between the Port of Beaumont and Jefferson Refinery.” Listen (1:09)

The port also has a lease agreement with Port of Beaumont Petroleum Transload Terminal for operations at the Jefferson County portion of port.

The board voted to approve a fifth change order to the Orange County Rail Access Project construction contract with APAC Texas, Inc. The change order increases the contract by $763,216, and will provide the final work to complete rail access to the port’s Orange County Terminal, according to Fisher.

The board voted to cast ballots in favor of electing Miriam Johnson, the Reclamation and Conservation District Nominee, to the Jefferson County Appraisal District Board of Trustees.

The board voted to approve an industrial track agreement with Kansas City Southern Railway Company for rail access to the Port of Beaumont Orange County Terminal.  The railroad is constructing a turn out to utilize the Orange County Terminal's new rail access.

The board voted to approve the sale of 1.6529 acres of property located in the 1600 block of Park Street to the City of Beaumont. The purchase must still be finalized by the city. According to Fisher, the property is being considered by the city for the location of a new fire station.

All items were approved. All votes were unanimous with all members present.  Agenda

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