Port Arthur Terminal Expansion Wraps Up



Port Arthur Terminal Expansion Wraps Up
HEP's expanded terminal facility in Port Arthur, Texas. PHOTO: Business Wire

Howard Energy Partners (HEP) reported Thursday that it has largely completed expansion projects at its bulk liquid terminals in Port Arthur and Corpus Christi, Texas.

“The substantial expansions at our Port Arthur and Corpus Christi facilities signify HEP’s commitment to designing and constructing fully engineered facilities that are tailored to meet the exact needs of our customers,” Brad Bynum, HEP co-founder and president, said in a written statement.

According to HEP, the projects raise the company’s Gulf Coast terminal storage capacity to 2.6 million barrels. Moreover, the firm noted that it now boasts three ship docks, three barge docks, unit train loading capacity for up to two trains per day and direct pipeline connectivity through wholly owned pipelines to seven refineries.

The expansion at Port Arthur added 12 tanks, four butane bullets, two barge docks, one ship dock and a 6.5-mile bidirectional pipeline, HEP stated. The company added that the facility – equipped to handle bulk liquids including refined motor fuels, crude oil and condensate – can now blend gasoline with up to six separate components at delivery rates of up to 40,000 barrels per hour to comply with regional and international quality specifications. With the expansion, HEP pointed out the Port Arthur facility now comprises:

  • 16 tanks with 1.35 million barrels of total storage
  • Four butane bullets (360,000 gallons total capacity)
  • 8.8 miles of rail track capable of loading one 94-car unit train per day and track capacity to handle up to five unit trains simultaneously
  • Three barge docks with vapor control capability
  • One ship dock with a loading rate up to 40,000 barrels per hour that can load one 500,000- to 750,000-barrel ship every other day
  • A bidirectional pipeline
  • Permitting and engineering for a second ship dock that is nearing completion.

HEP also reported that it has added rail capacity at its terminal within the Port of Corpus Christi. The company stated that it has contracted with an existing customer to load additional unit trains at Corpus Christi bound for new destinations in Mexico. In conjunction with that contract, HEP is acting as an agent to assist with engineering, procurement and construction oversight of a new receiving terminal in northern Mexico. The firm stated that the new receiving terminal will increase utilization of its 65,000-barrel-per-day rail loading facility in Corpus Christi.

According to HEP, the Corpus Christi terminal facility includes six tanks with 480,000 barrels of storage capacity, an MR class ship dock, a 12-inch pipeline linked to six local refineries and unit train facilities capable of loading one unit train per day. The company added that the terminal is permitted for immediate expansion up to 1.2 million barrels, also pointing out the facility is expandable up to 2.5 million barrels of total storage capacity.

HEP reported that it, along with the port authority, also jointly funded the engineering and permitting of a new Suezmax class dock. The company stated the dock will facilitate the movement of refined products, crude oil, condensates, natural gas liquids and liquefied petroleum gas.

“We currently have more than 470 acres for additional Gulf Coast expansion projects, including significant water frontage,” noted Bynum. “We will continue to work closely with our customers to understand their needs and evaluate growth projects that create beneficial results for all participants within the supply chain.”



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