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[post_content] => Howard Energy Partners (HEP) has completed two significant bulk liquids terminal expansions at its Texas facilities, taking its aggregate US Gulf Coast terminal capacity to 2.6m bbl (410,000 m³). In addition, HEP now offers 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.
“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,” says Brad Bynum, co-founder and president of HEP. “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 WORK IN DETAIL
HEP has expanded the Port Arthur terminal from four tanks to 12, taking capacity up to 1.35m bbl (215,000 m³), and added four butane bullets with a total capacity of 360,000 gal (1,360 m³). In addition, the work added two barge docks and one ship dock, and a 6.5-mile (10.5-km) bi-directional pipeline.
Following the work, HEP can 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. “This allows customers to optimise the value of the molecules specific to each market,” HEP says.
HEP acquired a majority interest in the Port Arthur terminal, which sits on the Sabine-Neches Waterway, in 2015. Initially configured to transfer crude oil from rail tank cars to barges for transport along the Intracoastal Waterway, HEP has changed the terminal to focus on refined products as well as crude oil and condensate.
At the Corpus Christi terminal, work is focusing on enhancing rail loading capacity following a new contract with an existing customer to load unit trains for transport to Mexico. As part of that contract, HEP is assisting with EPC oversight of a new receiving terminal in northern Mexico. Once completed, the link will be able to delivery some 35,000 bpd refined products to locations in central Mexico, including the cities of San Jose Iturbide and Irapuato.
HEP’s Corpus Christi terminal facility currently consists of six tanks with 480,000 bbl (76,300 m³) of storage capacity, ship dock capable of handling MR product tankers, a 12-inch pipeline with connectivity to six local refineries, and unit train loading facilities capable of loading one unit train per day. The terminal can be expanded up to 2.5m bbl (400,000 m³) of total storage capacity and is currently permitted for immediate expansion up to 1.2m bbl. Additionally, HEP and the Port of Corpus Christi jointly funded the engineering and permitting of a new Suezmax dock, which will allow the movement of refined products, crude oil, condensates, NGLs, and LPGs.
HEP’s terminal assets in Texas complement its gathering and processing activities across the US. In May this year, it significantly expanded crude oil and natural gas gathering infrastructure through its joint venture with WPX Energy in the Delaware Basin in west Texas and southern New Mexico.
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