Phillips 66 Rodeo Renewed Project
On August 13, 2020, Phillips 66 submitted an application for a land use permit to implement the Rodeo Renewed Project (“Project”). The objective is to transform the existing Rodeo Refinery into a facility that converts renewable feedstocks into renewable diesel, renewable components of other transportation fuels, and renewable fuel gas through the use of existing refinery process units.
The renewable feedstocks will be non-hazardous and non-regulated materials as defined in 40 CFR Part 172.
Renewable feedstocks will be primarily delivered across the Marine Terminal. Renewable feedstocks will also be delivered to the Rodeo facility using the existing railcar infrastructure, modified to reflect the elimination of butane exports. Existing equipment will also be modified to enable the offloading of local renewable feedstocks by tanker truck. Upon completion of the Project the Rodeo facility will no longer process conventional or nonconventional crude oils, will operate fewer fired heaters, and will no longer export butanes across the existing rail rack.
The Project includes other changes to Phillips 66's facilities. The Santa Maria facility in San Luis Obispo County that currently provides crude oil feedstocks to the Rodeo facility will be idled and decommissioned. The existing Phillips 66 crude oil pipeline network from the gathering fields in central California to the Rodeo facility will no longer be necessary to support the reconfigured facility and will be active, but out of service. To account for the idling of the Santa Maria facility and to maintain production levels during the transition process, the Project proposes to increase deliveries of crude oil across the Marine Terminal on a short-term and transitional basis. An increase of deliveries across the Marine Terminal would require a modification of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District permit for the Rodeo Refinery. This interim increase is not a Marine Terminal expansion, nor does it require any physical construction. Once the Rodeo Renewed Project is complete, the Marine Terminal will end crude oil deliveries.
The application is currently under review and a decision on the project has not yet been made by the County.
The County is currently preparing an Environmental Impact Report (“EIR”) for the purpose of assessing the proposed project’s impacts on the environment.
Once completed, a Draft EIR will be circulated for public review and comment.
Upon completion of the EIR, the project will be scheduled for a public hearing to consider adoption of the EIR and a decision on the project.