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Gov. Scott announces $45 million petroleum expansion for Port of Tampa

The state will help pay for a $45 million upgrade to the petroleum facilities at the Port of Tampa, Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday.

The state and the port will split the cost of the project, which will add two new petroleum berths and rehabilitate the petroleum terminal infrastructure, Scott said during remarks at the Governor's Luncheon at the Florida State Fair.

When completed in 2014, the upgrade will allow the port to handle up to five million more tons of petroleum products a year. It will create 641 construction jobs and thousands more permanent jobs over the next 30 years, the port estimates.

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