Howard Midstream Energy Partners & its bulk liquid terminal subsidiary Maverick Terminals has started operations of its new bulk liquid storage terminal in the Port of Corpus Christi.
Operations at the facility include the storage, blending and unit train loading of two grades of petrol – ULSD and petrol blend stocks from various local refineries – for ultimate delivery to global markets.
The new facility comprises six, 80,000-barrel tanks with an aggregate storage capacity of 480,000 barrels. It is permitted for up to 1.25 million barrels of storage, with the capability to expand to up to 2.5 million barrels within the current footprint of 41 acres.
Products can be received by marine vessels and via a 12-inch pipeline, which is connected to Origin Station, providing connectivity to all six refineries in Corpus Christi.
Howard Midstream has also entered into an agreement with the Port of Corpus Christi to engineer and build Dock 20, which will accommodate Suezmax-class vessels for the movement of a variety of bulk petroleum liquids at transfer rates of up to 50,000 barrels per hour.
Mark Helmke, senior vice president of terminals and transportation for Howard Energy Partners, says: ‘The expansion of our terminal services to the Port of Corpus Christi is a strategic decision supporting our plan to provide efficient logistics solutions serving producers, refiners, traders, blenders and end-users.
‘With the Corpus Christi terminal up and running, we are now able to provide a variety of options along the Gulf Coast for the safe and efficient movement of petroleum and other bulk liquids.’
President and co-founder of Howard Energy Partners Brad Bynum adds that the facility is poised to provide world-class midstream services to clients seeking to export crude oil, refined products and natural gas liquids from the regions major production basins and refining centres to the global markets.
He also says: ‘The completion of this facility is also a significant step in our continued plans to develop key infrastructure for the movement of energy commodities into and out of Mexico.’