Texas Deepwater Deer Park Terminal and Equilon Enterprises d/b/a Shell Oil Products US have completed the retrofit and refurbishment of the Deer Park Rail Terminal on the Houston Ship Channel on time and on budget.
The terminal has the capability of loading up to 48 railcars per day, which is around 33,000 barrels of refined products per day. The terminal can also provide additional value-added services including the capability of adding lubricity additives and red dye. The facility is equipped with two operation tanks with 50,000 barrels of total storage capacity, which will service the railcar loading rack at the terminal with direct pipeline connectivity to the Deer Park Refinery and the Colex Products Terminal.
While the initial focus will be on loading diesel into railcars initially destined to Mexico and the Permian Basin, there may be a potential to further expand the terminal by adding incremental storage capacity and rail loading capabilities to handle additional refined products. The terminal continues to receive strong interest from multiple potential customers pursuing long-term agreements at the facility.
While DRPT currently has some remaining uncommitted capacity, the company expects to fully contract the remaining capacity in the near term.
Odeh Khoury, vice president, Shell Products Trading & Supply Americas, says: 'As we continue to pursue ways to optimise our integrated value with Shell's joint venture in the Deer Park Refinery, the Deer Park Rail Terminal will once again serve as an important channel to a variety of markets.'
Larry Ruple, TDWP's executive vice president of business development, adds: 'The DRPT adds much-needed takeaway capacity for refined products in the strategic Houston Ship Channel market.'
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