Howard Energy Partners Completes Significant Expansion at Port Arthur Terminal Facility

Also announces additional rail capacity at Corpus Christi Terminal

SAN ANTONIO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Howard
Energy Partners
(HEP) today announced that it has completed the
expansions of its bulk liquid terminal facilities in Port Arthur and
Corpus Christi, Texas. The completion of these projects increases HEP’s
Gulf Coast terminal storage capacity to 2.6 million barrels with 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. HEP began operating terminal facilities
in mid-2014.


“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,” said HEP Co-Founder and President Brad Bynum. “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.”

Port Arthur

The Port Arthur facility expansion consisted of 12 new tanks, four
butane bullets, two barge docks, one ship dock and a 6.5-mile,
bidirectional pipeline. With the completion of these additional assets,
HEP is able to 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 optimize the value of the molecules specific to each market.

The expanded Port Arthur facility now consists of:

  • 16 tanks with 1.35 million barrels of storage capacity
  • Four butane bullets, with a total capacity of 360,000 gallons
  • 8.8 miles of rail track with the capacity to load one unit train per
    day consisting of up to 94 cars, and the track capability to handle up
    to five unit trains simultaneously within the facility
  • Three barge docks, all with vapor control capability
  • One ship dock, capable of loading ships at rates of up to 40,000
    barrels per hour, allowing for the loading of one 500,000- to
    750,000-barrel ship every other day
  • One bidirectional pipeline
  • Permitting and engineering for a second ship dock is nearing completion

HEP acquired a majority interest in the Port Arthur facility in 2015.
Strategically located on approximately 450 acres of land on Taylor Basin
and Taylor Bayou, the facility is 13 miles from the Gulf of Mexico via
the Sabine Neches Waterway, with inland barge access to the terminal via
the Intracoastal Waterway. In 2017, the company reconfigured the assets
from a railcar-to-barge crude oil operation, to a barge-to-railcar
refined products operation. The terminal can handle a variety of bulk
liquids including refined motor fuels, crude oil, and condensate.

Corpus Christi

HEP recently contracted with an existing customer to load additional
unit trains at their Corpus Christi bulk liquids terminal facility,
bound for new destinations in Mexico. As part of the contract, HEP is
acting as an agent to assist with oversight of the engineering,
procurement and construction of a new receiving terminal in northern
Mexico. Once completed later this year, the new receiving terminal will
increase the utilization of HEP’s 65,000-BDP rail loading facility. HEP
currently delivers approximately 35,000 BPD of refined petroleum
products by unit train to locations in central Mexico, including the
cities of San Jose Iturbide and Irapuato within the state of Guanajuato.

Strategically located on 41 acres within the Port of Corpus Christi,
HEP’s terminal facility currently consists of six tanks with 480,000
barrels of storage capacity, an MR Class ship dock, 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 is
expandable up to 2.5 million barrels of total storage capacity and is
currently permitted for immediate expansion up to 1.2 million barrels.
Additionally, HEP and the Port of Corpus Christi jointly funded the
engineering and permitting of a new Suezmax class dock, which will be
capable of the movement of refined products, crude oil, condensates,
NGLs, and LPGs.

About Howard Energy Partners

San Antonio-based Howard Midstream Energy Partners, LLC d/b/a Howard
Energy Partners is an independent midstream energy company, owning and
operating natural gas and crude oil gathering and transportation
pipelines, natural gas processing plants, liquid storage terminals,
deep-water port facilities, rail facilities and other related midstream
assets in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Mexico. The
company has corporate offices in San Antonio, Houston and Monterrey,
Mexico. For more information on Howard Energy Partners, please visit our
website www.howardenergypartners.com.

Contacts

Meredith Hargrove Howard
Redbird Communications Group
Email: meredith@redbirdpr.com
Phone:
210-737-4478

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