VPA Draws Plans For 25-Million-Ton Coal Exporting Facility

The Virginia Port Authority (VPA) feels that a public coal facility capable of exporting 25-million tons annually will be adequate to meet the immediate market demand, according to J. Robert Bray, VPA executive director. After discussions with engineers and consultation with potential users of the facility, the VPA said that the coal terminal would require 220 acres of the 623-acre Cox Enterprises site in Portsmouth, plus an adjoining 86-acre site owned by Transco.

The VPA and the City of Portsmouth are also discussing the possibility of use of a 100-acre site immediately adjacent to the Transco site. The 100-acre site is owned by Portsmouth Port and Industrial Commission.

The total 406-acre site would provide the necessary ground storage for the 25- million-ton capacity, and would also provide capacity for some future expansion, Mr.

Bray said.

The precise configuration of the property required for the coal facility cannot be determined without a detailed feasibility study, said Mr. Bray, but the terminal will not require the entire 623-acre Cox site. The relocation of rail access to the coal facility is advocated by the VPA. The proposed new portion of the rail line, to be built by the VPA, would run from a switching station in Suffolk to the site. The proposed overpasses and grade crossings would eliminate major traffic tie-ups in Portsmouth and Chesapeake.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 51,  Apr 15, 1981 Connecticut

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