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Howard Energy completes Corpus Christi & Port Arthur storage expansions

Howard Energy completes Corpus Christi & Port Arthur storage expansions
Howard Energy Partners has completed the expansions of its storage terminal facilities in Port Arthur and Corpus Christi, Texas.

The completion of these projects increases the company’s Gulf Coast terminal storage capacity to 2.6 million barrels with 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.

Brad Bynum, co-founder and president, says: ‘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.

‘We currently have more than 470 acres for additional Gulf Coast expansion projects, including significant water frontage. 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.’

The Port Arthur facility, strategically located on 450 acres of land on Taylor Basin and Taylor Bayou, and expansion comprised 12 new tanks, four butane bullets, two barge docks, one ship dock and a 6.5-mile, bidirectional pipeline. The company will now be able to blend gasoline with up to six separate components at delivery rates of up to 40,000 barrels per hour, to meet specific regional and international quality specifications.

With the completion of this work, Port Arthur now comprises 16 tanks with 1.35 million barrels of storage capacity, with 8.8 miles of rail track and four butane bullets.

The company recently contracted with an existing customer to load additional unit trains at their Corpus Christi bulk liquids terminal facility, bound for new destinations in Mexico.

As part of the contract, HEP is acting as an agent to assist with oversight of the engineering, procurement and construction of a new receiving terminal in northern Mexico. Once completed later this year, the new receiving terminal will increase the utlisation of HEP’s 65,000 barrel per day rail loading facility.

Located within the Port of Corpus Christi, HEP’s terminal facility currently consists of six tanks with 480,000 barrels of storage capacity, a MR Class ship dock, a 12-inch pipeline with connectivity to six local refineries, and unit train loading facilities capable of loading one-unit train per day.

Howard Energy Partners explains more about the expansion projects and its future development plans in an exclusive interview in the June/July edition of Tank Storage Magazine