Inter Terminals has completed a multi-million-pound infrastructure project at its Grays terminal on the River Thames.
The optimisation programme has increased throughput capacity, which enables the receipt and dispatch of increased volumes of petrol and diesel at significantly faster rates than previously possible at the terminal.
The terminal provides cost-effective access to London's fuel distribution network. Product can be received into the facility from sea and road and redelivered by road. As part of the major infrastructure improvements, the terminal's two existing jetties have been upgraded to accommodate larger vessels. With an improved depth up to 12.8m, max LOA of 244m and unrestricted beam jetties can now receive vessels up to 40,000 tonnes.
In addition, new marine loading arms and mild steel pipelines have been installed which allow faster discharge of cargoes into storage. As a result, discharge rates from vessels have more than doubled to 1,600 cbm/hr, thereby substantially reducing vessel turnaround times at the jetties.
Additionally, road loading facilities have also been improved, with retail loading gantries have been increased to seven, together with additional commercial loading capacity. New five-arm gantries now allow different products to be loaded at each loading bay.
The terminal handles high and low flash petroleum products, including diesel, gasoil and kerosene with 310,489 m3 of storage capacity across 51 mild steel tanks.
David McLoughlin, Inter Terminals' managing director and country manager for the UK and Ireland, says that the strategic investment in the terminal will contribute to the provision of a reliable fuel supply to the south east of England, which is essential to the region's economy. 'Following the upgrade, larger cargoes of hydrocarbons are now being received at Grays and the terminal is currently handling in excess of 300 loads per day.'
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