The new Port of Paulsboro is expected to become an economic generator for the region.
In fall of 2009, state and local leaders broke ground for a new Port project at the former BP terminal in Paulsboro, New Jersey that officials say will turn "a brownfield into a powerhouse of economic development."
State Senator Stephen Sweeney and Assemblyman and former Paulsboro Mayor John Burzichelli praised BP's role in making the new Port project a reality, and noted that the Port would bring much-needed jobs and revenue back into the local and regional economy.
The deep-water port, the first to be built on the Delaware River in more than 35 years, is planned to open for ship arrivals in late 2015. The Port site was an operating oil and chemical storage and distribution facility from 1929 until its closure in 1996. BP purchased the terminal in 1969 and operated it for 27 years.
Besides providing early funding for project planning and feasibility studies, BP has leased the property to the Borough of Paulsboro for 99 years for $1. The event marked the turning over of control of much of the property to the community for its future use as a major Port facility that will create new jobs, new revenues and new economic opportunities for the area. BP reserved six acres to house its above-ground environmental remediation systems.
After the groundbreaking, work on the site has moved at a fast pace. BP completed preparation of the required final cleanup plans and received New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) approvals. By the end of 2012, BP completed installation and startup of all new remediation systems specified in the plans; and, had taken other important steps to facilitate the Port's redevelopment of the site. Accordingly, the Port has been able to make significant progress clearing, filling and grading the site in addition to starting infrastructure construction.
BP's commitment was to stay ahead of the work being done by the Port, while fulfilling all NJDEP requirements; a commitment it has kept by getting its remaining remediation systems in place and running. BP has deepened an already close working relationship with both the Borough of Paulsboro and the South Jersey Port Corporation. BP and the Port are meeting on a regular basis to coordinate efforts and to accommodate the Port's construction schedule and use of the property.
Interested readers can get more information on the progress of the Port project at www.southjerseyport.com.