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Port of Oakland Commissioners last week approved an $11 million rail-spur project that would connect Union Pacific Railroad tracks with Cool Port.
Cool Port is a 280,000-square-foot distribution center now under construction on 25 acres of Port of Oakland property. BNSF Railway Co. also will have access.
When the project is completed, am estimated 27,000 20-foot containers of meat could ship from Oakland annually. The final destination is export markets in Asia, port officials said in a press release.
"The concept is to bring vast quantities of chilled or frozen beef and pork to Oakland via the rails," said Maritime Director John Driscoll. "At Cool Port, the product would be transferred in a temperature-controlled setting from rail cars to shipping containers, then whisked across the street to outbound vessels."
Lineage Logistics and local operator Dreisbach Enterprises are building Cool Port under a lease agreement with the port, which is overseeing construction of the 2-mile rail spur.
The port will share rail costs with the developer. A $5 million grant will offset part of the cost; UP will construct a portion of the spur on its property.
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