Rail and waste-to-energy projects advance (Port of West Sacramento)
The Port of West Sacramento announced that it is transferring 18.82 acres of land to Sierra Northern Railroad to support development of a new rail loop track and renewable fuels facility. Both projects will be built over the next year on the transferred property.
Recently approved for a $5 million California Energy Commission grant, the SacPort BioFuels facility aims to show how non-recyclable waste can be converted into locally made and locally used renewable fuels. At full capacity, the project is expected to create more than 60 permanent jobs and more than 100 additional temporary construction jobs.
“West Sacramento continues to add sustainable businesses to the City and Port,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “SacPort BioFuels is a great addition to the list of companies investing hundreds of millions of dollars in West Sacramento, creating needed jobs and promoting commerce at our Port.”
The new loop rail track will be developed by a public-private partnership between the Port and Sierra Northern. In March the Port received a $960,000 grant through the Federal Railroad Administration’s Rail Line Relocation and Improvement grant program for the project, which is expected to create 10 temporary construction jobs and position the Port to compete more effectively for new export cargos.