The Port of Anacortes has extended an agreement with Shell Oil US that port officials say will add and sustain family-wage jobs.
At a special meeting Thursday, the port Board of Commissioners agreed to a five-year deal that will allow Shell to ship more petroleum coke at a reduced cost, providing for more jobs.
“It’s a really great deal for both of these organizations,” said Dan Worra, executive director at the port.
The previous deal was negotiated in 2015 and extended several times. The two organizations have spent the past 18 months negotiating.
Shell ships petroleum coke through the port to Asia and Canada to be used in the aluminum and steel industries.
Since 2010, Shell has shipped an average of 266,000 metric tons of petroleum coke through the port per year, Worra said in an email. Now, the port expects Shell to ship at least 300,000 metric tons year.
The increase in petroleum coke being shipped will result in the addition of 250 shifts for workers, according to a news release from the port.
Worra said he wanted to give credit to John Dumas, director of operations at the port, for putting the deal together.
At an earlier special meeting Thursday, port commissioners agreed to purchase land near the Anacortes Airport.
The 7.78-acre plot, called the Rockwell property, was bought for $1.5 million and is zoned for light manufacturing.
Worra said the port has no plans to develop the property yet.