After securing approval from the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on March 18, WB Services will soon begin construction of aboveground ethanol storage tanks at an 8.91-acre site off Winder Highway in Dacula. A development permit for the ethanol transfer facility project was issued on April 7.
Previously, applicant WB Services had been offloading ethanol directly from rail cars to tanker trucks. According to documents filed with Gwinnett County, that process involved bringing in 80 to 96 rail cars at a time and then spending up to two weeks unloading the fuel into tanker trucks. With the addition of three aboveground fuel storage tanks, WB Services estimates the offloading time could be reduced to about 36 hours. The fuel would then be stored in the tanks for subsequent distribution by tanker truck.
Offloading the fuel to storage tanks instead of directly to fuel trucks would be both safer and more efficient, the applicant added.
The storage tanks will be limited to no more than 45 feet in overall height, with no more than 40 feet extending above ground level. The property where the tanks will be built, according to the applicant, is not in the flight path of Briscoe Field and "the actual height of the structures will not impeded any flights in any way possible."
Each of the tanks, which will be built on a site in the center of a 124-acre light industrial development, will have a storage capacity of approximately 1.5 million gallons.
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