HOUSTON, July 27 BP Plc may build a
railroad loading system at its Pacific Northwest refinery to
ship cheap Bakken crude oil from North Dakota and Montana in
place of some Alaskan North Slope crude currently processed
there, a company spokesman said.
"Yes, we are considering a rail project at Cherry Point,"
spokesman Michael Abendhoff said, referring to the 225,000
barrels-per-day (bpd) refinery in Cherry Point, Washington.
He said the project would allow BP to bring in Bakken crude
and export diesel, liquid petroleum gas and calcined coke.
"If we decide to move forward, we would begin the permitting
process sometime in August," Abendhoff said.