Odfjell Terminals (OTH) has announced that construction of Bay 9 at its Houston facility is now complete and ready for products.
All 10 tanks in Bay 9 are stainless steel with a total 30,800m3 (184,000 barrel) capacity. It is outfitted with four new rail spots and will utilise four existing spots at the adjacent Bay 8 rail loading area. Bay 9 is equipped for service both in- and outbound via trucks using existing infrastructure. Three multipurpose dock lines to each of the ship docks and one to barge docks one and two. An existing dock line is re-used as a dedicated system for Alimet stored in three tanks in Bay 9. A new motor control centre building for Bay 9 is also installed.
The engineering department at OTH is now beginning construction of nine more 1,908m3 (12,000 barrel) tanks made of carbon steel. Bay 10 will have rail, truck and marine access.
The Bay 10 location was the site of the technical building, the warehouse and the sample storage building, which now have been demolished and the debris is hauled off for recycling.
Proximity of the existing tank bays and other infrastructure will be an ongoing challenge during the construction of Bay 10. The top 3-4.5m of the soil could not be used for heavy foundations and the area was too small to excavate and replace the soil safely. The decision was made to use concrete piles to support the tanks and pipe racks.