DOE SEEKS BIDDERS FOR SPR SITE

The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking bidders for the 25.8 million bbl Sulphur Mines Strategic Petroleum Reserve site. DOE wants to sell the 26 million bbl facility, 12 miles west of Lake Charles, La., because it is the smallest, least economical to operate of the six SPR storage sites. It has planned for 3 years to close the site (OGJ, Aug. 22, 1988, p. 20). DOE figures closing Sulphur Mines and moving its crude to other SPR sites will save $3-5 million/year in overhead and maintenance

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