State oks refinery’s ethanol expansion

DELAWARE CITY — The owners of a Delaware City refinery have won state approval for a project that will significantly increase the amount of biofuel being stored at and shipped from the facility.

Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control approved a permit that will allow PBF Energy to ship unblended ethanol by barge from its refinery.

The company filed an application in August with the DNREC for a Coastal Zone Act permit.

PBF Energy has said it hopes to soon begin work on the $7 million project soon and begin full production during the first quarter of 2017. After construction is completed, no additional hiring is expected as a result of the expanded operations.

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