The Redwood City Port Commission has approved an initial study for a proposed carbon black pilot production facility.
The action was essential to negotiating an agreement, which could come to the commission for approval in January.
Carbon black is a material used in manufacturing nearly all black rubber and plastic products including tires, belts, hoses and cables.
The port said Boxer Industries' pilot plant would use readily available natural gas as the carbon feedstock and a clean process with no emissions of air pollutants. The proposed pilot plant would be constructed on about 0.6 acres near the Kaiser Cement silos. It would include a 5,000-square-foot pilot plant, an office trailer and parking. The pilot plant would be partially assembled prior to delivery and installation. It would be constructed on a new, pier-supported, concrete pad and would be about 30 feet in height when fully assembled.
The plant will produce about 180 metric tons per year, which will be packaged into large sacks and loaded on to trucks (25 truck trips annually) for shipment to customers, according to the port.