Sunoco Takes Steps to Ensure Reliability of Supply

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Sunoco’s exit of the refining business through the sale or idling of the Marcus Hook and Philadelphia refineries has prompted many people to express concern about possible supply disruptions in the Northeast as a result of reduced refining capacity.

Sunoco and Sunoco Logistics stand ready to deliver a reliable supply of refined products and we are confident that we can continue to supply our retail network, as well as our commercial customers. We currently have the storage and logistical capabilities to handle and move products throughout the Northeast and Midwest.

As part of its preparations to meet customer needs, Sunoco Logistics has been investing in its Eagle Point Terminal in Westville, N.J. to turn it into a world-class facility. The company has:

  • Expanded refined products storage capacity at Eagle Point, which now has three million barrels of active storage, two million barrels of additional storage returning to service in 2012, and still more storage capacity available to return to service
  • Improved its ability to handle large vessels at Eagle Point’s deep water marine docks, which can handle vessels of 600,000 barrel capacity (AfraMax) and 1 million barrel capacity (SuezMax)
  • Upgraded the ability to handle railcar off-loading at Eagle Point
  • Installed pipeline connectivity between Eagle Point and the Colonial Pipeline, Laurel Pipeline and Harbor Pipeline systems, which supply key Northeast markets
  • Developed plans to reverse pipelines to feed Philadelphia’s high-volume Belmont Terminal which is an important regional supply point for truck loading and deliveries
  • Available pipelines that could be reversed to bring product from New York Harbor to the Philadelphia area

Eagle Point, with its vast storage capabilities and multiple pipeline connections, can supply a full slate of refined products to Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York markets. The terminal can also send outbound shipments to Baltimore and New England ports via marine vessels. Eagle Point is also connected to a truck rack which supplies gasoline and ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) to local markets.

In addition, Marcus Hook can receive products via the Delaware River, as well as local refineries, and distribute them through operating pipelines to various markets.
Although Sunoco is doing its part to ensure that the Northeast is well supplied with gasoline, diesel and other products, it will take more than the efforts of one company. We have every reason to believe the rest of the industry, and the market as a whole, will respond accordingly.

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